SURROUNDED BY PRAYER
Read Luke 5: 17-26
Some men came, carrying a paralyzed man
on a bed . . . finding no way to bring him in
because of the crowd they went up on the
roof and let him down . . . into the middle
of the crowd in front of Jesus.
Several sisters in our church have organized a women’s
prayer ministry. After worship, when the rest of the church
members go home, we
gather in a small room for
prayer. In worship our
congregation prays for needs
and concerns of the commu-
nity. But often people have
problems they feel they cannot tell the whole church about;
so they will ask our women’s group to pray for them. How
encouraging it is for people to know that someone is praying
for them personally and helping them to carry their burdens
of unresolved problems or unforgiven hurts!
When tragedy came to my home, my dear sisters reached
out to me. At our prayer meeting all I could do was cry; but
without asking any questions, they silently stroked my shoulders and head. Two sisters promised to fast for me. Just as the
friends of the paralyzed man in Luke’s Gospel carried him to
Jesus, so my sisters laid me before Jesus through their loving
hands and hearts. Galatians 6: 2 tells us to “bear one another’s
burdens.” When we weep with those who are weeping and
rejoice with those who are rejoicing (see Rom. 12: 15), we are
offering prayers to the Lord, who sees our compassion and
works to lighten the burdens of those for whom we pray.
Prayer: Dear Lord Jesus, thank you for the help we receive
through prayer. We want to be your hands and your feet on
this earth. Amen.
Lilya Teplyuk (St. Petersburg, Russia)
Prayer Focus: WOMEN’S PRAYER GROUPS
Thought for the Day
I can help to meet the
needs of my brothers and
sisters through prayer.