What am I Grateful for Today – Prayer

13 If any of you are suffering, they should pray. If any of you are happy, they should sing. 14 If any of you are sick, they should call for the elders of the church, and the elders should pray over them, anointing them with oil in the name of the Lord. 15 Prayer that comes from faith will heal the sick, for the Lord will restore them to health. And if they have sinned, they will be forgiven. 16 For this reason, confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of the righteous person is powerful in what it can achieve. 17 Elijah was a person just like us. When he earnestly prayed that it wouldn’t rain, no rain fell for three and a half years. 18 He prayed again, God sent rain, and the earth produced its fruit (James 5:13-18, Common English Bible).

It was August of 2010. On the way home from dinner out one Sunday evening, a driver ran a red light, broadsiding our car. It landed Cindy in the hospital for ten days with a broken hip. I was pretty beat up and bruised. I didn’t know it at the time but I had pinched a nerve in my elbow and torn a ligament in my shoulder. I spent one night in the hospital, (well one night as a patient). I spent more than two weeks very sore from the seat belt and the impact in general.

At the time, Cindy had recently gone to work at a church. I am not exactly sure who brought them, but that church sent us each a pager. Every time a member of that church prayed for us, they were instructed to call the pager. It was a way of letting us know that someone was praying for us.

What a great ministry. People who didn’t know me and sometimes didn’t know Cindy, were praying for us and we far more often than not, we had no idea who they were. The pager would beep, we would look and all that was there was a telephone number. I had no idea of the identity of the person who owned the number.

Truly, their identity wasn’t important. To know that someone, a lot of someones were praying for us was reassuring. We were truly blessed every time those pagers went off.

Of course intercessory prayer is not the only form of prayer but it may be the most important. Dr. Maxie Dunham, in his Workbook on Intercessory Prayer, says intercessory prayer may be the most selfless act one person can do for another.

During my years in ministry I have heard many people say, “I just don’t know how to pray.” My usual response is, just sit in the presence of God, and God is omnipresent, all around us, and have a conversation with God. But, remember, a conversation, by definition means we talk, but we also listen.

It seems to me, we are very fortunate. God gave us a way to talk to God about the many things that rest on our hearts.

This day, I am grateful for prayer. For what are you grateful today. Write it down in your journal and share it with someone in your life. You will make a difference for the.

Have a blessed day in the Lord.

With Joy and Thankfulness,
Keith

Copyright 2017, J. Keith Broyles, All Rights Reserved

 

 

 

Published by drjkbroyles

I love Mike Ashcraft's book, "My One Word." For the past nine years I have participated and encouraged others to participate to in the "My One Word" Challenge. My first word was discipline was my word the first year. Since then my word has been focus, sight, jungle, peace, concentration, serve, genuine and this year is fit. I seek to be fit for my health, my family, my church, my ministries. I seek to be fit in any are of my life where God might point to me. I also have a nickname, "Dr. B." When I was a public high school teacher, Dr. B. is what most of my students called me, at least in my presence. I am still called that by many people though I no longer teach in public schools. I am the author of "Average Joe: With an Extraordinary Story" (available on Amazon). The book fits into the genre of "Biblical Fiction" or "Christian Fiction" and features some of the Bible's lesser known characters. The name of my blog is, "Fork in the Road." Life is filled with forks in the road. It isn't a matter of if we encounter a fork in the road, but when will we and how many will we experience in a lifetime. I love to strum my guitar. I am not a great guitar player but I enjoy it. I also enjoy writing music. I get excited with I feel a new song emerging. I live with my wife Cindy and our little dog, "Bishop" in Lufkin, Texas. I spent the past 30 years as a United Methodist pastor, serving churches all over east and southeast Texas, from just north of Tyler to south of Houston, from the Gulf Coast to east of Madisonville. I currently serve Perritte Memorial UMC in Nacogdoches. I spent one year in the classroom, teaching High School government, economics, psychology, and sociology. Cindy and I have been married for 43 years. We have two grown sons and six grandchildren, three boys and three girls. I enjoy preaching and all it's aspects from research to writing to the actual preaching event. I also love writing, reading. I have dabble in drawing and "painting" with pastels as well as woodworking and woodcarving. My current projects are two ukuleles. I collect, repair and restore guitars too. I play the guitar (badly, but I still do) I also enjoy working with paracord on various projects, mostly prayer ropes I usually give away. I hold an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Business Data Processing, from San Jacinto College in Pasadena, TX, a Bachelor of Science in Political Science with a minor in History from Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, TX, a Master of Divinity from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, TX and a Doctor of Ministry from Carolina University of Theology. This blog started out as devotional writings. In August of 2020, I made a major change to the blog, switching to a daily theme format. Sunday Sermon-usually my manuscript sermon Miscellaneous Monday-misc. writing, poetry, ministry Tuesday Thoughts-Devotion Wed. with Wesleys-hist. & theol. of early Methodists TED Talk Thursday-Video & appl. in current theology Five for Friday-5 things I've seen & my thoughts Sing-Along Sat. - Usually a new song I have written I write, "Strumming a G-Chord with Dr.B." to get my thoughts onto something permanent. After all, they say, once something is on the internet it never really goes away. Still, I hope you enjoy reading it. Who knows, it might generate a bit of discussion between you and me and anyone else who might make their way here. Seeking the Genuine, Keith Lufkin, Texas August 2020

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