I injured my back badly at the end of 2001 and for 8 months, I was in severe, near constant pain. My back has never been the same. But something happened during that time that blessed me so much. Some dear friends of ours, who had been our pastors briefly before going on the mission field, emailed me. Well, John emailed me. He had injured his back also and he told me, ‘every time my back hurts, I pray for your back, too.’ That touched me so very deeply and I thanked God for John, who I call my internet pastor.
I love to pray for other people. In fact, several times I have asked God to help me be more of a prayer-er. You see, when I need prayer, I want someone to lift me up to the Father, so I want to reciprocate. Since that back injury, I have developed several chronic conditions, none life threatening, but quite painful during flares. So when I am in a flare, I pray for those suffering from the same conditions. It doesn’t take long and who knows but what your prayer is the one to see them through that problem.
So why not let’s just make this a habit. Every time we go through something, and it doesn’t have to be physical, it could be a relationship issue, a job loss, etc, let’s lift up others who might be going through the same thing. We’d be helping and being obedient to the Word of God at the same time. So, are you ready to pray? I am!