June 25, 2015

This week, six of our youth members are participating in a mission trip to Alabama. During this important week for them, we are inviting everyone’s prayers for each of the participants, and their adult advisors – Angie Schatz and Brad Meyer. In addition to praying for their safety and other important aspects of their trip, I encourage you to also pray for their spiritual growth this week. This is an important part of our prayer lives on behalf of others. Living in this earth-bound existence, it is often difficult to draw our gazes heavenward, and yet living our lives in light of the Good News of Jesus Christ entails this very thing. It is important for us to pray for the temporal needs of those whom we care about, but let us not neglect to also pray for their spiritual needs. Like most parents, I want the very best for my children. In recent years, I have become much more concerned about the eternal life that God granted them for the sake of Jesus’ death when they were baptized. I pray that they will not neglect to feed their souls over the course of their years, and so I continue to pray that God, in His great mercy, will have compassion for them and bring them to spiritual maturity. I pray for this on your behalf, every time I remember you in prayer. In order to bring this thought into clearer focus, I share with you two excerpts from Paul’s second letter to the Thessalonians.
“We ought always to give thanks to God for you, brothers, as is right, because your faith is growing abundantly, and the love of every one of you for one another is increasing.” (2Th 1:3).
“To this end we always pray for you, that our God may make you worthy of his calling and may fulfill every resolve for good and every work of faith by his power, so that the name of our Lord Jesus may be glorified in you, and you in him, according to the grace of our God and the Lord Jesus Christ.” (2Th 1:11-12).
Do you know that the Lord Jesus, himself, is praying for you?
In Romans, chapter 8, Paul joyfully announces to us that Jesus, himself, is at the Father’s right hand interceding (praying) for us: “Who is to condemn? Christ Jesus is the one who died– more than that, who was raised– who is at the right hand of God, who indeed is interceding for us.” (Rom 8:34). Rejoicing in this news that Jesus is praying for us, let us delight in praying for those around us.

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