Give the Gift of Prayer

Pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people. Ephesians 6;18

How beautiful and heartwarming, unique and exclusive; there’s nothing else on the planet as soul-satisfying as Christian friendship. The closest thing to heaven on earth is the deep connection we have with other Christ-followers. This connection springs from our mutual love for Jesus. The Greek word used to describe this connection is koinonia which denotes a close-knit family living in harmony, sharing possessions and loving one another.

One day as I sat at my desk in the busy office the phone rang. It was Valerie.

“I just called to encourage you today,” she said. “I’m praying for you. God is with you in your work. Be confident in that.” Our conversation was short but her words meant a lot to me.

We need to know we’re not alone in our walk with Christ. A call, a card, a few words like I’m praying for you from a believing friend say much more than the words themselves. They say that someone is thinking about us, that they, as a fellow believer care enough to remind us that God is with us.

Sometimes the faith journey can be lonely. We may be surrounded by people who don’t share our faith. They may even scoff at it. A loving message from another Christian is often all we need to inspire us to keep allowing God to work through us. It’s as if that person comes along, takes our hand and walks beside us.

We have a natural longing for the companionship of other believers because we are united in Christ for eternity.

Is there someone who needs an encouraging word from you today?

God, I want to be someone who gives the gift of prayer to my fellow believers.

About Rose McCormick Brandon

An award winning personal experience writer, Rose McCormick Brandon is a frequent contributor to faith magazines, devotionals and compilations, including Chicken Soup for the Soul. Rose is the author of Promises of Home: Stories of Canada's British Home Children. One Good Word Makes all the Difference, He Loves Me Not, He Loves Me (and Vanished: What Happened to My Son. She's a frequent contributor to The Testimony, Today's Pentecostal Evangel and other faith magazines in Canada, U.S. and Australia. Rose also writes about Canadian history, specifically the era of Child Immigration from Britain. Read her stories of child immigrants at: http://littleimmigrants.wordpress.com
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