Do you agree that life becomes more pleasant for all of us when people are courteous ?
This principle applies in the area of prayer as well.
I often receive prayer requests, as probably you do too.
It is a privilege and a pleasure to pray for others, and intercessory prayer is considered an act of spiritual mercy.
Here, sitting in my prayer chair, perched high above the North Atlantic, I spend much time in prayer. Often I receive requests for prayer through texts or e-mails.
I want to share with you, that it is discouraging when people who ask for prayer provide no updates on the person that prayer was requested for.
For example, last year someone asked me to pray for a baby named ‘Amy’. She had been born prematurely, and was facing some health complications.
And so , I began to pray for Amy, asking God to look after this precious tiny newborn. However, the person who requested the prayer never did provide any update on how Amy was progressing, even when I sent a message of inquiry to them.
Similarly, people may request prayer for various surgeries, and then provide no update on how patients are progressing. Intercessory prayer is a hidden ministry, and intercessors do not desire any recognition of any kind, as it is always the Holy Spirit who inspires prayers for others.
Nevertheless, we really appreciate updates on the people that we are praying for. It is an act of courtesy. I still think of Amy, and her family, often.
Happy Spring, and Greetings from the Eastern edge of North America !
Photo by Sally (our seagull, Scott is sunning himself in his favourite spot)