"Pray continually" (1 Thessalonians 5:17, NIV).
One of my favorite portions of the worship services in the Contact Church of Christ involves the prayer time. Usually one of our ministers will ask the congregation for prayer requests and reasons for praise. A number of our members will raise their hands to share something good that God has done in their lives or to ask for prayers.
This week, the praise reports included:
~a family who thanked God that their daughter was recovering from her second surgery in a month
~two women who praised God that their medical tests revealed no indications of cancer
~a family who was grateful for transportation
The prayer requests included:
~comfort for the family and friends of a girl who had committed suicide (some of the Contact kids attended school with her)
~healing for a young man who had been shot in the face
~the return of a dog that has been missing from home for a few days
~comfort for the family and friends of a boy who had overdosed on drugs
Whenever we share our concerns and our praise, I believe a bond develops among us. We grow closer. We get to see God work among us. And God is honored.