God has blessed us with a wonderful church since we moved to Alabama. The cohesive manner in which people work together and serve God is impressive. The minute we set foot into the church, we were right at home.
We signed up to be on the prayer chain. I have to admit, I’ve struggled with this. There are a lot of godly saints at this church who are nearing the end of their lives. Since the church is large and we receive the prayer list Monday through Friday, I see many, many prayer requests concerning serious medical problems.
Let’s be honest. All of us are living in dying bodies. Whether we’re sixteen or sixty. God will call us from this life one day. We have no choice in the matter. Another reason to make sure we’re ready for eternity.
But how do I pray for these precious saints who are nearer death than they were before? Lately, I came across some scriptures that helped. Allow the hope they provide to soak into your heart.
1John 5:4 “For everyone born of God overcomes the world. This is the victory that has overcome the world, even our faith.”
John 16: 33 “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”
1Corinthians 15: 55 “Where, O death, is your victory? Where, O death, is your sting?”
Hebrews 2: 14 “Since the children have flesh and blood, he too shared in their humanity so that by his death he might destroy him who holds the power of death—that is, the devil.”
When we don’t know how to pray, these scriptures will help.
1Timothy 1:10 “But it has now been revealed through the appearing of our Savior, Christ Jesus, who has destroyed death and has brought life and immortality to light through the gospel.”
Dear Lord, I stumble and stammer many times when I pray. Thank You that Your word is a model for our prayers.