James 5.14 Is anyone among you sick? Let them call the elders of the church to pray over them and anoint them with oil in the name of the Lord.
One of the greatest privileges I have is the opportunity to pray with people in and outside the church. I don’t know if I’m good at it or not. I’m not sure that my prayers are answered any more than your own prayers are answered. But I do know that I honestly and sincerely care when given the opportunity to pray with others.
I used to chat with folks and then tell them I would pray for them, and usually I did, but there were times when I totally forgot until later and that concerned me. So the answer was to pray with them on the spot. Monday evening I “missed” an opportunity to pray for my own son that way. I got home and it really burdened me. In that scenario, I should have stopped and gotten out and put my arms around him and prayed for him. Probably would have made him uncomfortable… not sure he would want me hugging him in public, let alone praying for him in public. But shame on me for not offering.
I want to pray with you, too. I hope you want to pray for me, too. I know many have been praying… I could sense your prayers. THANKS!!! If you have something going on—a test, procedure, surgery, a bad day, got the blues, need someone to tell you you’re worthy and a son or daughter of the king—let me know, because I will do my best to encourage you and am always willing to pray for you.
BUT realize I’m not clairvoyant. You can’t say in your mind, “if God wants pastor to pray with us, he will let him know we have a need.” It doesn’t work that way. How do you feel when your spouse says, “Well if I have to tell you what I want, it doesn’t count.”? Just let people know your needs. AND understand that your pastor doesn’t possess magical incantations. I just pray and so can you! You can call upon others to pray for you AND you can also pray for others. (Pause and reread that last sentence)
Ecclesiastes 4.12 Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken. There is power in the church… it comes from the fellowship and love and care that brothers & sisters in Christ can provide for one another… I hope you feel it! I hope you regularly participate in it!!!
May God richly bless you folks of UM Temple as you have richly blessed us!
PK & Marlene