The Weekly Perspective

by TJ Draper, Deacon

Last Wednesday during prayer meeting, we experienced unusually quick positive feedback to an item on our docket. The prayer request was of a work opportunity before one of our members to receive a promotion and salary increase. Word was received by a family member while we prayed that the promotion went through and relayed that to us through that member’s prayer of thanksgiving.

Of course, the Lord doesn’t always provide that sort of feedback that quickly. But he does love to give good gifts to His people. And sometimes his quick response surprises and delights us. The timing is, of course, impeccable in terms of the sermon we heard just this past week that we are to be a praying people. And as we learned that the Apostle Paul even relayed prayer requests in his letter to the Colossians, so also, we relay to each other on Wednesday night and by means of our prayer list our prayer requests that we each might know what to pray for and how to be praying for each other.

In his first letter to the Thessalonians, in chapter 6, Paul instructs them to “pray without ceasing, in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” Then he says a couple verses later, “Brethren, pray for us.” And then James tells us in James 5:16, “The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much.” And so, brethren, as you’re able, make use of the prayer list, and pray for your brothers and sisters. It is the will of God for you!