“We never know how God will answer our prayers,
but we can expect that He will get us involved in His plan for the answer.
If we are true intercessors,
we must be ready to take part in God’s work on behalf of the people for whom we pray.”
Corrie ten Boom
(a single tattered azalea bloom / Julie Cook / 2018)
I have been made keenly aware that we all have certain needs in each of our little
corners of the world.
Needs which are vastly different from what would be considered typical wants.
Yet within those needs, there is indeed a form of want…
We want to be healthy.
We want to be made well.
We want to be healed.
We want to be employed.
We want to be able to pay our bills.
We want to be able to feed our families.
We want for our children to be happy, healthy.
We want to succeed.
We want to be safe.
We want to be whole.
We don’t want to be alone.
We don’t want to hurt.
We don’t want to worry…
We each have varying needs, wants, desires.
Some more pressing than others…
We pray, we implore…and we are asked to trust.
Time seems of the essence.
Yet God who is outside of the realm of both space and time…
sees and knows far more than we can grasp…
and thus we who are of both space and time…fret…worry…
And so we pray earnestly and we intercede on the behalf of those in need and want…
O God, you made us in your own image and redeemed us
through Jesus your Son: Look with compassion on the whole
human family; take away the arrogance and hatred which
infect our hearts; break down the walls that separate us;
unite us in bonds of love; and work through our struggle and
confusion to accomplish your purposes on earth; that, in
your good time, all nations and races may serve you in
harmony around your heavenly throne; through Jesus Christ
our Lord. Amen.
Prayers for the people…The Book of Common Prayer