“I thank God every time I remember you, constantly praying with joy in every one of my prayers for all of you.” (Philippians 1: 3-4)
I watched the recent fires in Southern California on television. The Skirball fire in the Hollywood Hills was close enough to me that the ash fell from the sky covering the yard and car and creating extremely bad air, requiring the curbing of outdoor activities. Last Sunday I was preaching in Ventura, where the Thomas Fire had devastated so many homes and uprooted thousands of people’s lives. Consequently church attendance was low as people endeavored to put their lives back into some kind of familiar order. As I watched the television I felt helpless to reach out to minister to those I knew felt abandoned by God, challenged beyond their ability to cope and with deep feelings of being completely forsaken. All I could do was know for them, that was my prayer, knowing for them that God had not forsaken them. God had not abandoned them, and my prayer was that they would somehow come to know that they had a comforter who would see them through.
One of the most beautiful acts we can perform for another is to lift them up in prayer. It is something we can do at any time, in any place, and in doing this we can realize God’s beautiful presence not only in their lives, but also in our own.
In the midst of the “stuff” going on in our lives it can be so difficult to see the truth of God’s presence. I know this for a fact, for I have felt it on many occasions. Our burden can seem especially heavy, the path forward can seem unclear and uncertain and the pain we have feels as though it has come to stay. In these times, as much as I know God is right here with me, and that I am never alone, it can still be tough. We all feel like this at times.
There is such power in having others lift us up to God in sincere and faithful prayer. As others lift us up they can see beyond our concerns and burdens and they can see the reality of God’s healing for us. I have always found it helpful to know that another is “holding that space of perfection” until I can see clearly enough to recognize it myself. When we pray for another we have a wonderful opportunity, and responsibility, in holding that sacred space of Gods truth for them. In our prayer we are to be crystal clear in our own minds that the power of God is present and moving in this, and every situation. The more belief we, as the prayer, have in the power of God’s blessing, holding that space in absolute truth, the more we will be able to help those with whom we pray begin to see that truth as well.
My friend Rev. Amy Butler has written, “None of us ever does the work of the Gospel community alone.” How true, and how magnificent. With one another, and with God, the miracles we seek for another become a gift to us as well.
Affirmation: “The truth of God’s beautiful miracle is at hand. It is revealed to me perfectly and I am ready to receive it.”
Rev. Jefferson Beeker
We live our lives one thought at a time. Let each of those thoughts really count for something wonderful.
Be prepared to change your thinking and change your life.
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