Words of Hope: Unseen prayers

Mom and I met to discuss Dad’s celebration of life with a beautiful person helping coordinate the day. While there, we bumped into a long-time friend who has been on a brutal journey navigating cancer. She is always kindhearted and loving every time we see her. Despite her arduous journey, she saw Mom and me and told us she had been praying recently for us. I felt touched by her willingness to pray for me. I needed her prayers, and I could feel those prayers last week, the uncountable love of God sweeping over me as a gift of grace and blessing. How powerful are our prayers for others? Jesus tells us again and again to pray. I can focus on praying for my family and miss praying for the larger community. 

This sweet friend reminded me how crucial the prayers are for the body of Christ —they are absolutely necessary and truly bring comfort. I can testify that my friend’s prayers helped me last week. Instead of the fifteen-minute doom scroll, I want to put down the phone and pray for the people I know– seeing them in my mind’s eye, speaking their needs, asking for God to come alongside to comfort and strengthen.

“And so, from the day we heard, we have not ceased to pray for you, asking that you may be filled with the knowledge of his will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding, so as to walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing to him, bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God. May you be strengthened with all power, according to his glorious might, for all endurance and patience with joy, giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of the saints in light.” –Colossians 1: 9-12 

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