Helping Each Other Through Prayer

Helping Each Other Through Prayer October 1, 2012

I need help. Always. In everything. I’m kidding myselfto think I can move an inch without God’s help. God “himself gives all men lifeand breath and everything else” (Acts 17:25). And Jesus reminds us: “Apart fromme you can do nothing” (John 15:5). So I need His help. I need it for my ownweak faith. I need it to inflame the smoldering wick of my spiritual desire. Ineed Him to give me guidance for decisions and wisdom for parenting and lovefor people and everything else I need for a thousand other demands and stressesand possibilities of life. 

My guess would be that you need help, too. In fact, Idon’t have to guess; I know you need God’s help. We all do. That’s why I takeso much comfort in Hebrews 4:16: “Let us then approach the throne of grace withconfidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our timeof need.”

Every Sunday at Parker Hills, three member-family’snames appear in the bulletin, under the request: “Please pray for these churchmembers this week.” We single out three families, not because these are thepeople in deepest crisis at the moment. We do it simply because all of us needhelp all the time. It’s our effort to keep James’ admonition to “pray for oneanother” (5:16).

In addition, one of the specific benefits of churchmembership is that our members have expressly committed themselves topray for each other. This “prayer families of the week” mechanism makes itpossible for our members to keep this commitment to the others in a manageable,meaningful way. If you are diligent to pray for the families in the bulletineach week, you will cover every member of our church in prayer about four weeksa year. Now that’s some serious help!

So I hope you’ll join us in praying for each othereach week. If your name never appears, won’t you consider making thecommitment(s) of church membership? And for the rest, I hope you’re glad whenyour name appears in the bulletin, called out for special prayer that week.It’s always nice to know that help is on the way!