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Tuesday, February 10, 2009

"We are never more like Christ than in prayers of intercession."

"We are never more like Christ than in prayers of intercession." Austin Phelps

I'm gonna go out on a limb and guess that most of us don't have a problem praying for ourselves. For some of us, it's second nature to talk with God regularly about our needs. For others, our prayers take on a "for emergency use only" mentality. But, when trouble arises, we don't have a problem knocking on the door of heaven and putting our name and our needs before God.

How about for others who are in need? The Bible records that Christ wept for those around Him, interceded on their behalf and implored His Father to forgive their shortcomings. He encouraged us to do the same.

In these days, our church family needs each other. On almost a daily basis, I am hearing of some person in our congregation who is making a change, setting a goal or turning over a new leaf. And almost like clockwork, "hairy butt Satan" is fast on the heels of their decision--throwing up every single roadblock he can to frustrate their progress.

We need each other. I'm inviting you to pray daily for one another (we should be doing this anyway). Pray for the changes that are happening. Pray for victories that are being won. Celebrate with me as single moms confess they are budgeting for the first time in their life to gain freedom from debt, as a family of four confesses they have changed their menu and begun exercising together because they realize their body is not their own and as several in our congregation have confessed a desire to rethink their future because God has shown them where their true passions lie. This is good stuff. Better than that...it is God stuff!! But these people and many more need you standing in the gap as they begin the next leg of their journey. As a family, we must be there to encourage and affirm others who are discovering the freedom that is found in a vision-led life.

1 comment:

solo2 said...

This is a wonderful blog! Just yesterday, the gals in my Bible study were discussing how immediate the needs are around us and how some of their churches have established lists of services they can offer each other, etc. I understand that's some of what you preached on Sunday. What an opportunity to allow Jesus to work AS us!