Pastor's Paragraph for May 5, 2019
MAY 5, 2019
Thursday, May 2nd was designated as the National Day of Prayer. I value National remembrances, especially when they relate to faith and personal sacrifice. These days serve as a reminder of virtue and commitment that we hope to pass onto emerging generations. Days like, the National Day of Prayer, may serve as a platform to discuss the nature and value of prayer, but I want to highlight the tremendous freedom we have to approach God Almighty in personal conversation every day. Biblical stories, like Jehoshaphat’s (II Chronicles 20), teach us that prayer should be our first response, rather than our last resort in times of trouble. Jesus taught his disciples how to pray (Matthew 6:9-13). He demonstrated that prayer provides for the cultivation of intimacy with the Father, even when the schedule is tight and the work is exhausting (Mark 1:35). Luke records that prayer was central to the lives of the earliest believers (Acts 2:42). Paul teaches that prayer should be unceasing and provides for an ongoing, running conversation with God (I Thessalonians 5:17).
If we can teach and model openness and honesty in prayer, we provide others with one of the most valuable tools in ministry; namely, intercession. When hurting, I don’t respond well to someone saying, “I am thinking about you.” Thinking about me does not hold spiritual value. Instead, when I know that you are praying for me, it provides comfort and encouragement knowing my concern or my well-being is being presented before the Almighty!
Praying for one another is a tremendous gift. The Apostle Paul wrote, “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. May it be so!
Pastor Stephen Gallaher
Associate Teaching Minister