Pray for One Another

Therefore, if there is any consolation in Christ, if any comfort of love, if any fellowship of the Spirit, if any affection and mercy, fulfill my joy by being like-minded, having the same love, being of one accord, of one mind. Let nothing be done through selfish ambition or conceit, but in lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than himself.  Let each of you look out not only for his own interests, but also for the interests of others.  – Philippians 2:1-4

Recently a family member seemed to be experiencing a distance from his faith.  He was becoming frustrated with some of his church’s decisions, unhappy with his Pastor’s sermons, began grumbling about tithing, and had stopped personal devotions.

His wife was aware of the situation.  His grumbling was affecting her own peace; the kids were also noticing.  She went to the Lord in prayer, asking not for what she thought would ‘fix’ things, but for God to intervene.  She prayed not for her own comfort, not for her own ambition, but in lowliness of mind, putting her loved one in front of herself, esteeming his worth better than her own.  She prayed for him.

Three weeks later, at the grocery store, her husband ran into a friend from church.  “Pastor called me yesterday, and wants us to join him in a weekly Spiritual growth breakfast – why would he just ask you and me? It will just be the three of us!”   There are no coincidences – we know how God puts things in order!  The three of them are now talking and walking together in the fellowship of the Spirit, and back on the right path.

God is awesome!  He is the encourager for our faith, the hearer of our prayers, and the fixer of our problems.  Ponder the words and be enlightened … fulfill my joy by being like-minded, having the same love, being of one accord, of one mind. …pray for one another and be blessed.

– Linda Wilkins

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