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Prayer: A Gift of Love
Saturday, April 29th, 2017
Jesus said, “Where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them.”
- Matthew 18:20 (NIV)
During our weekly Bible study at church, one of the members, Edie, asked if anyone would be interested in coming to the prayer group next week. I never gave much thought to joining the group because I don’t consider myself a “prayer warrior.” As I began to think about prayer, I wondered if I could be sincere in praying for others, especially people I don’t know. I do know that when I need God’s help in my life, I stop and pray, knowing God will guide me through any situation. So I thought, If I pray for God’s blessings on my life, why not pray for others too?
As I asked God for guidance about joining the prayer group, a passage of scripture came to mind: “Love your neighbor as yourself” (Matt. 22:39). I realized that prayer fits with this commandment: I can show love for others through praying for them. As I continued to recall scripture verses, I remembered that James 5:16 tells us to pray for each other; and Matthew 18:20 tells us that when we gather together in Jesus’ name, he will be there with us. Through scripture, God gave me the encouragement I sought to attend our church’s prayer group.
By praying for others, either alone or with a group, we show them love. Prayer is indeed a way to “love your neighbor as yourself.”
Jim McCullough (Ohio, USA)
Thought for the Day
Today I will demonstrate love through prayer.
Loving God, as we pray for others, may they know your powerful, loving presence in their lives this day and always. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
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