Do nothing from selfishness or conceit, but in humility count others better than yourselves. Let each of you look not only to his own interests but also to the interests of others. (RSV)
Thought for the Day: How can we pray for others today?
“Do you have a joy or concern I can put on my prayer list for you today?” were the words that were spoken. After many years, my college roommate and I met for dinner and those were the words I heard her ask our server. I realized at that moment that the evening with her was going to be very special. We talked about family, work, church, heartaches, and blessings. Through the entire evening, one or the other of us would talk about God and how we had seen Him working in our lives. It was an amazing evening where my sweet “Nancy” taught me more about how I should love God and how I should love those around me more fully.
God wants us to love those around us, even those we meet during our daily walk. Nancy lives “God” in the way that Jesus taught us so long ago. With her SmartPhone, she types in the prayer requests of others, even strangers, where she can pull up her list everyday to intentionally pray for their needs. When she told me she would be praying for me, I felt so deeply that my needs were going to be covered in prayer. Her last words to me that evening were, “Talk to God as you drive home.” Nancy has challenged me through her way of life, to pray through every moment in my life and to pray more intentionally for others.
Prayer: God, thank you for friends who teach us to be more like you. Help us to be more intentional in asking the needs of others and then praying specifically for them. Amen.
Prayer Focus: THOSE PRAYING FOR OTHERS