Thursday, April 9 – Who…Pray for Those You Love/Friends Family

Pray for the peace of Jerusalem: “May they prosper who love you. Peace be within your walls, and security within your towers.” For the sake of my relatives and friends I will say, “Peace be within you.” For the sake of the house of the Lord our God, I will seek your good. —Psalm 122:6-9

The Psalmist prays for the people he loves—friends and family in the city of Jerusalem. Taking the time to pray for our family and friends is another way to express our love and gratitude.

Prayer is the language of Christians. It is a response language to God’s love in Christ Jesus our Lord.  It changes as we grow our relationship with God.

As a retired couple, my wife and I have devotions together after breakfast. We use “Christ in Our Home” as a guide. Then we pray for the leaders of our country and state, our two pastors and their families, lay staff and the total ministry of our congregation and the global ministry of our church.  Next we pray for people we know who are in the hospital or facing major health issues. Lastly, we pray for our family which includes four grown children and their spouses, nine grandchildren and five great-grandchildren, and two yet unborn.

I don’t know your situation so when you pray for your family and others, it might be at night or even after you go to bed. It may be a short prayer at work or during the day. Prayer can be an attitude that helps us be more patient with our family, our friends, at work, or unexpected difficulties during the day. For scripture reminds us to “pray without ceasing” as we move on in life toward the “heavenly Jerusalem.”

By Reverend Jim Shiell
Congregation Member