No Distance in Prayer
Read Matthew 8: 5-13 - Jesus heals the son of a Roman army captain
"I also tell you this - if two of you agree down here on earth concerning anything you ask for; my Father in heaven will do it for you. For where two or three gather together because they are mine. I will be right there among them."
Mathew 18: 19-20 (TLB)
Cletus L. Hull III is from Pennsylvania. When he served as a pastor at a church in Pennsylvania, someone called him with a personal concern. As the conversation ended, Cletus asked if he could pray with him. Sounding surprised, he asked, "Can we do that over the phone?" Praying over the phone was new for him. Maybe it doesn't sound strange to us today, but it's easy to resist at first that which is different. But they prayed, and God did the rest.
Every generation creates new ways of expressing love for Christ. As a pastor, Cletus is always searching for innovative ways to reach people. Social media has become the new way to proclaim the same message: Jesus and his redeeming love for us on the cross.
We hear this word from Matthew's Gospel: "Where two or three are gathered in my name, I am there among them." Christ is the glue that binds us even through our new technologies. Years ago, Cletus heard another phrase that stuck with him, and he thinks about it when he prays with people over the phone or on social media: "There is no distance in prayer." Because of Christ, we have a strong connection holding us together!
Prayer: Dear Lord, remind us that you can draw us together in community no matter the physical distance between us, in Jesus' holy name. Amen.