Prayer is an integral part of our faith. Paul encourages us to “pray on all occasions” and to always be lifting one another up in prayer. Prayer strengthens both our faith and our connections to God and to one another.
Each Sunday we lift up in prayer the joys and concerns that people share on prayer cards. Those in worship are encouraged to pray for these folks during the week ahead. These requests and others that are received by e-mail are sent out each week to the prayer chain – a group of people who pray for these individuals during the week.
Because people share their prayer requests, there is a greater sense of care and concern within the body of Christ. People ask one another how things are going, ask if there is some way they can help, and so on. These interactions and the accompanying stories of how God has worked through prayer serve to illustrate how God is active in our lives bringing healing, lifting our burdens, and extending grace. To share and talk about God’s presence and activity in our world builds us up in our faith.
Paul’s words to “pray on all occasions” can be put to good use with perfect strangers as well. One can offer prayer for the police officer each time you pass by one driving in your car. One can offer up a pray for the person who passes by in the ambulance or even as you hear the siren. One can offer a quick prayer for the mom or dad struggling with their child in the store. You can also easily be direct with your prayers. If you encounter a harried grocery clerk or bank teller or gas station attendance, you can offer to pray for them. Here too we can see God at work in powerful ways.
God so wants to be connected to us. Prayer is our best opportunity to connect with Him. So do pray often and on all occasions. His ear is always open!
Scripture reference: Ephesians 6:18