Wednesday, September 12, 2018
I pray for you regularly . . . .
In my ordination vows, I pledged that I would pray for God's people under my care. My method for doing this is to use the Saint John's group that I have created in my contacts (digital address book) so that I pray for all of our members frequently. The other day while I was praying for our homebound members (an additional group that I have created in my contacts), it occurred to me that my prayers for these members are more specific since I visit each of them every month and learn their joys and sorrows. I want to be able to offer specific petitions to the Lord on behalf of all of our members. As a result of conversations with our members at church and otherwise, I am aware of the needs of some of our members but not all. If each of our members could please send me an email, give me a call, or drop me a note from time to time letting me know items that they would like me to pray for when I remember them before the Lord - I would be very grateful. This also means that you will be prayed for more frequently since I would not wait for your name to come up in the rotation before offering prayer on your behalf.
I want very much for every single one of our members to know that I am on their side and care deeply about them. Living in a fallen world with aging bodies and every other manner of difficulty can disappoint and sometimes isolate us. I have pledged that I will bear with you in your burdens and support you in every time of need. Please assist me in this important work.
It is vitally important to me that you know that I am not the only one praying for you - our Lord Jesus prays for you as well. In his letter to the Romans, St. Paul writes "Who is to condemn? Christ Jesus is the one who died—more than that, who was raised—who is at the right hand of God, who indeed is interceding for us" (Romans 8:34). Christ Jesus at the Father's right hand is praying for you - right now and always.
In Christ Jesus,