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Excerpt from Pastor Parsons' article: "We Pray for You"

 

“We Pray for You”

3 We always thank God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, when we pray for you, 4
because we have heard of your faith in Christ Jesus and of the love you have for all God’s
people – 5 the faith and love that spring from the hope stored up for you in heaven and
about which you have already heard in the true message of the gospel 6 that has come to
you. . . . 9 For this reason, since the day we heard about you, we have not stopped praying
for you. We continually ask God to fill you with the knowledge of his will through all the
wisdom and understanding that the Spirit gives, 10 so that you may live a life worthy of
the Lord and please him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the
knowledge of God, 11 being strengthened with all power according to his glorious might so
that you may have great endurance and patience, 12 and giving joyful thanks to the Father,
who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of his holy people in the kingdom of light.
13 For he has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of
the Son he loves, 14 in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.
(Colossians 1:3-6a, 9-14)

Paul rejoiced in hearing of the faith of his fellow believers. He told them so in many
of his letters, including how he prayed that God would continue to work in their hearts to
bring about faith and good works through them. In the same way, I rejoice in each of you,
that God has brought you to the glorious knowledge of his Son, in whom we have redemption,
the forgiveness of sins. (vs. 14)

Notice what Paul said in verse 9: “We continually ask God to fill you with the
knowledge of his will . . .” It is a constant prayer because we need constant nourishment
through the Word of God. How wonderful that God offers that life-giving nourishment
freely to us that we may strengthened every day!

It saddens me to think that there are some who do not have regular interaction with God’s Word or with fellow believers who can help to encourage each other as we grow in that Word. I’m talking about believers. We have a number of members of our congregation who do not benefit from the blessings of God’s Word because they do not heed its call. These mem-bers, we call “delinquents” because they have not partaken in worship for a number of weeks by choice.

For such members we must pray regularly, continuously. In times when their faith is weak, they need to know that God still forgives sins. They need to know that Jesus still died for them and rose so that they could have redemption in Christ. I say this in regard to believers who have begun to stray from the church, whose faith is weakening from lack of spiritual nourishment.

But there is another group that could use the same prayers at this time. Because of the closures and other changes stemming from the events related to COVID-19, we have a number of members who, for health-related and other reasons, have chosen for a time to worship from home. They continue to worship on a regular basis, but as you’ll likely remember from what you felt starting back in March, worshiping from home is not the same. It feels lonely, even though God is there.

In both of these situations, whether our brothers and sisters are not in church because their faith is weakening or because of health concerns, and thus longing to be here, but unable to do so, they need our pray-ers that God would strengthen them just as he does us when we gather for worship. They need our support as a body of Christ.

As you pray that God strengthen their faith, I hope you realize that you may be part of the answer. If you have noticed that someone is not currently in worship on regular basis, reach out to them. Call them. Send them cards. Remind them that they are not alone as they thirst for the Word of Christ. Encourage them to re-turn to worship where they can be built up together with their Christian family. And above all, rejoice in their salvation and continue to pray.

In times like these, it is such a blessing that we are part of a body of believers, who through Christian love can build each other up through prayer and encouragement. May God work in us to be faithful in our own worship and to be faithful in sharing his grace and forgiveness in love to our brothers and sisters in Christ. Amen

In Christian love,
Pastor Wolf B. Parsons

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