Much has been happening, and I hope to share soon.
Today, I thought I'd share a little nugget I mined out of some scripture a few days ago.
Our church has a nice little tradition: at the close of our Sunday evening service, we each draw a little slip of paper that has one of the names of each person attending. The name we choose is the name we pray for all week long. (Our head usher prepares these slips.)
Sometimes, we know what to pray for our name drawn that week. Perhaps they've mentioned a need during prayer request time, or shared something in class or while visiting. It's easy to pray for their need.
Sometimes, we don't know the best thing to pray for our person. Sure, we could pray that God makes our person happy, healthy, wealthy and wise and call it a day. Somehow, I think God wants us to pray in a more discerning way.
Mulling it over, I remembered in my study of 1st Peter seeing a prayer for our brothers and sisters to grow in grace and peace.
" ... May grace and peace be multiplied to you..." (1 Peter 1:2b ESV)
Following a rabbit trail, I did some research and discovered Paul, too, prayed grace and peace on the Romans, Corinthians, Colossians, Galatians, Ephesians, Philippians and Thessalonians; BUT he prayed grace, peace and MERCY on Timothy and Titus!
Why mercy for those two? Why, because they were in ministry! You need mercy when church people are your life's work. *smile
So, I ended up praying grace, peace and mercy for my person. Because we all need mercy. In fact, I wished I could whisper into the ear of whoever is praying for me to ask God to plop a double portion of all three on me.
It occurred to me with the law of sowing and reaping, I could pray that for my person and I'd reap all those same things.
I wondered, was I praying as passionately for my person as the person who drew my name was praying for me?
And that's what was on my mind this morning. What is on YOUR mind? I'd love to know. Leave a comment and do tell!
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