Pray For AND With
“Do all the good you can. By all the means you can. In all the ways you can. In all the places you can. At all the times you can. To all the people you can. As long as ever you can.”
¯ John Wesley
“If you are too busy to pray, you are busier than God wants you to be.”
¯ Wanda E. Brunstetter
19 “Again, truly I tell you that if two of you on earth agree about anything they ask for, it will be done for them by my Father in heaven.
Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working.
The value of prayer is something that we don’t even need to debate in our church and in our lives.
So often though we say things to people like we will pray for you and that is good. We go on our way and we do, in fact, pray for them.
25 On one occasion an expert in the law stood up to test Jesus. “Teacher,” he asked, “what must I do to inherit eternal life?”
26 “What is written in the Law?” he replied. “How do you read it?”
27 He answered, “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind’[a]; and, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’[b]”
28 “You have answered correctly,” Jesus replied. “Do this and you will live.”
29 But he wanted to justify himself, so he asked Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?”
30 In reply Jesus said: “A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, when he was attacked by robbers. They stripped him of his clothes, beat him and went away, leaving him half dead. 31 A priest happened to be going down the same road, and when he saw the man, he passed by on the other side. 32 So too, a Levite, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side. 33 But a Samaritan, as he traveled, came where the man was; and when he saw him, he took pity on him. 34 He went to him and bandaged his wounds, pouring on oil and wine. Then he put the man on his own donkey, brought him to an inn and took care of him. 35 The next day he took out two denarii[c] and gave them to the innkeeper. ‘Look after him,’ he said, ‘and when I return, I will reimburse you for any extra expense you may have.’
36 “Which of these three do you think was a neighbor to the man who fell into the hands of robbers?”
37 The expert in the law replied, “The one who had mercy on him.”
Jesus told him, “Go and do likewise.”
When you see Christianity in action it blows you away. Something you didn’t expect but it happens and all you can do is think about how awesome the power of love, the power of God and the power of prayer is.
Yesterday afternoon, the phone rang here at the church. Laura answered it and she spent several minutes listening to the caller. I left to go into the SS office and as I was walking in the hall coming from the sanctuary I heard Laura say. “Do you want me to pray with you right now?” Apparently the person said yes and for the next couple of minutes I listened to my wife pray with this person.
I was overwhelmed by the love demonstrated by my wife and I immediately thanked God for her. But even more than that, I was blown away by the fact that the church secretary was praying with this person. She didn’t ask me, could I pray with this person she knew it was the right thing to do and did it.
Praying for someone is really important and we should always do that.
Praying with someone is Christianity in action!