Wednesday, September 5, 2012
Tom had the unique opportunity to present the gospel to the 327 Chemical Company Reserve Unit in Chattanooga at their annual "Dining Out" banquet. The opportunity was arranged by our son-in-law, Major Mitch Moss, and three people responded to the invitation at the end.
at 8:26 PM
I Samuel 12:23 a -
"Moreover as for me, God forbid that I should sin against the Lord in ceasing to pray for you:..."
Has God ever convicted you, as He has me, of saying to someone, "I'll be praying for you", and then not following through? This phrase is so often just a casual statement much like, "talk to you later."
How many times have we said these words? Do we actually follow through? Or has it become a statement used as a conversation piece to make someone feel better? How serious is this phrase to God?
As you read the verse above who does Samuel say we sin against when we fail to pray for one another? The Lord! God calls us to pray for each other, lift one another up, and to cry out in pray for the needs of others. This was instilled in Samuel at an early age. Hannah, his mother, was unable to conceive a child. She cried out to God for a son and made a vow to Him...
O Lord of hosts, if thou wilt indeed look on the affliction of thine handmaid, and remember me, and not forget thine handmaid, but wilt give unto thine handmaid a man child, then I will give him unto the Lord all the days of his life, ........ 1 Samuel 1:11
God heard her cry and answered her prayer. She then went through with her promise to God. Samuel's mother was a real example to him. Throughout the scriptures we find example after example of Samuel praying for others. I love the fact that when he said he would pray, he did it right then... read 1 Samuel 7:5
Understanding the importance of following through with "I will pray for you" is the beginning. Do we believe our prayers make a difference? Do we mean what we pray or do we just say the words out of duty? Here is an amazing scripture -
Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed (my emphasis). The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much. James 5:16
Pray for each other so that - you - may be healed? I never thought of that before. When I take the time to pour out my heart on behalf of others, I am affected. My relationship with Jesus deepens. I pray that the Lord will help me when I tell someone that I will pray for them to do it! And better still, when I tell someone that I will pray for them to pray for them right then...in the grocery store...on the phone...at work...at church.... Lord, help me to mean what I say and mean what I pray.
at 7:52 PM