13 If any of you are suffering, they should pray. If any of you are happy, they should sing. 14 If any of you are sick, they should call for the elders of the church, and the elders should pray over them, anointing them with oil in the name of the Lord. 15 Prayer that comes from faith will heal the sick, for the Lord will restore them to health. And if they have sinned, they will be forgiven. 16 For this reason, confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of the righteous person is powerful in what it can achieve. 17 Elijah was a person just like us. When he earnestly prayed that it wouldn’t rain, no rain fell for three and a half years. 18 He prayed again, God sent rain, and the earth produced its fruit (James 5:13-18, Common English Bible).
It was August of 2010. On the way home from dinner out one Sunday evening, a driver ran a red light, broadsiding our car. It landed Cindy in the hospital for ten days with a broken hip. I was pretty beat up and bruised. I didn’t know it at the time but I had pinched a nerve in my elbow and torn a ligament in my shoulder. I spent one night in the hospital, (well one night as a patient). I spent more than two weeks very sore from the seat belt and the impact in general.
At the time, Cindy had recently gone to work at a church. I am not exactly sure who brought them, but that church sent us each a pager. Every time a member of that church prayed for us, they were instructed to call the pager. It was a way of letting us know that someone was praying for us.
What a great ministry. People who didn’t know me and sometimes didn’t know Cindy, were praying for us and we far more often than not, we had no idea who they were. The pager would beep, we would look and all that was there was a telephone number. I had no idea of the identity of the person who owned the number.
Truly, their identity wasn’t important. To know that someone, a lot of someones were praying for us was reassuring. We were truly blessed every time those pagers went off.
Of course intercessory prayer is not the only form of prayer but it may be the most important. Dr. Maxie Dunham, in his Workbook on Intercessory Prayer, says intercessory prayer may be the most selfless act one person can do for another.
During my years in ministry I have heard many people say, “I just don’t know how to pray.” My usual response is, just sit in the presence of God, and God is omnipresent, all around us, and have a conversation with God. But, remember, a conversation, by definition means we talk, but we also listen.
It seems to me, we are very fortunate. God gave us a way to talk to God about the many things that rest on our hearts.
This day, I am grateful for prayer. For what are you grateful today. Write it down in your journal and share it with someone in your life. You will make a difference for the.
Have a blessed day in the Lord.
With Joy and Thankfulness,
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