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Praying For Others

Pray all the time. Ask God for anything in line with the Holy Spirit's wishes. Plead with him, reminding him of your needs, and praying earnestly for all Christians everywhere. Pray for me, too, and ask God to give me the right words as I boldly tell others about the Lord, and as I explain to them that his salvation is for the Gentiles too. Ephesians 6: 18-19 (TLB)

Here are my directions. Pray much for others; plead for God's mercy upon them; give thanks for all he is going to do for them. 1 Timothy 2:1 (TLB)

Michael Gooch is from North Carolina. During a recent stop at a fast-food restaurant, Michael ordered from a woman wearing a cross necklace made from two nails. When he complimented her on the necklace, she told him that she had been in recovery from addiction for over two years. She said she wore it as a reminder of God's presence in her life.

After thanking her for telling him about the cross, Michael told the woman that he prays every morning for those in recovery from addiction. Although they were strangers, he had actually prayed for her that morning and would continue to pray for her in the future. She smiled, and he knew God had brought him there for a reason. He could now put a face to his prayers.

In Paul's letter to the Ephesians he urged the church to be alert and always keep praying for God's people. Prayer is one way we show our love for others and support our siblings in Christ. It is time well spent.

Prayer: Dear Lord, give those who are recovering from substance abuse the strength and support they need for one more day free from rugs and alcohol. Give us compassion for all, in Jesus' name. Amen.

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