Over the next several months, I thought it would be fun to bring out some newsletter articles from the archives, after all I have over ten years of articles on file. This one is from August, 2007 and is on praying for others. It can serve as a reminder of the monthly prayer gatherings over the summer as well as an opportunity to connect with others.
Over the winter months, we are very careful about those things that are contagious like the flu or the common cold. Nursing homes will often have a sign up on the door reminding you to be careful not to give a resident your cold. A few months ago there was a great scare over the man who flew on an airplane supposedly with a very dangerous form of tuberculosis. Andrew Speaker went to Europe for his wedding and honeymoon and then flew back to the United States. There was a great concern for other airplane passengers because of Speaker’s disease. It was determined later that Speaker’s form of TB is not the most dangerous type and should be treatable. Some of us are very aware of how easy it is to catch a cold or to be affected by germs. Most of us try to take some kind of preventive measures to keep from getting colds or contagious diseases.
Not all things that are contagious are bad for us. When it comes to our spiritual lives we want to be affected by God and others in positive ways. As Christians we talk about letting our lights shine for Christ, we do this not just for people to see the difference Christ can make but for them to experience the difference Christ can make. In other words, we want the things of Christ to be contagious. I want to encourage you to have a contagious prayer life. This can be done by not only praying for others but by letting them know you are praying for them. When you are praying for someone in the congregation send them a card telling them you are praying for them and when you do so challenge them to pray for someone else. Wouldn’t it be great if everyone in the congregation was praying for someone else? I believe we would be amazed by the sense of community that we would experience within the congregation because we were praying for one another. As important as community is there is a greater benefit, we would experience the presence of God in our lives. This type of prayer ministry would not have to be confined to the walls of the church. When you tell a neighbor, friend, or family member you are praying for them follow up a couple days or a week later letting them know that you are still praying for them. You might not have thought about prayer as a tool for outreach, but I believe it is a very affective one. People can be drawn to God through prayer and through knowing that we care enough to pray for them.
There are all kinds of contagious diseases out there that we want to make sure we don’t catch. We want to wash our hands disinfect and stay clear of those things, but when it comes to prayer- become affected by it. Breathe in the encouragement of a friend’s prayer for you. Rejoice when your life has been impacted by answered prayer and pass on the power of prayer today!
“Pray at all times and on every occasion in the power of the Holy Spirit. Stay alert and be persistent in your prayers for all Christians everywhere.” (Ephesians 6:18)
Praying for you,