The Delight of Prayer
Jesus Prays for His Disciples: After Jesus had spoken these words, he looked up to heaven and said,"Father, the hour has come; glorify your Son so that the Son may glorify You, since you have given him authority over all people, to give eternal life to all whom you have given him. And this is eternal life, that they may know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent. I glorified you on earth by finishing the work that you gave me to do. So now, Father, glorify me in your own presence with the glory that I had in your presence before the world existed.
"I have made your name known to those whom you gave me from the world. They were yours, and you gave them to me, and they have kept your word. Now they know that everything you have given me is from you; for the words that you gave to me I have given to them, and they have received them and know in truth that I came from you; and they have believed that you sent me." John 17: 1-8 (NRSV)
Dusty Reed is from Iowa. As a part of a prayer chain at his church, Dusty delighted in the opportunity to pray for others. He was able to grow spiritually and offer God's love to others.
Whenever he received a call, he would immediately step into his quiet space with Bible in hand. The Lord would direct him to an appropriate scripture. Then he prayed the scripture for the person requesting the prayer. Dusty did not have to know any details. He did not have to learn the results. His task was to lift the person through God's word, God's promise.
When they moved to a new location, he lost his connection with the prayer chain. But the Lord gave him a new source for knowing whom to pray for. Now his friends request prayer through social media, sometimes for themselves and sometimes for loved ones.
Through this experience, Dusty is learning how to pray more effectively in his daily quiet times. He can listen for a nudge of appropriate scripture in any situation, pray for that scripture, and then leave all in the loving hands of God. What a delight!
We can do this too.
Prayer: Thank you, loving God, for giving us the opportunity to pray for others. We know you hear and answer each prayer, in Jesus' name. amen.