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The Forward Day by Day Meditation for May 25, 2015

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MONDAY, May 25

2 Corinthians 1:11 …join in helping us by your prayers, so that many will give thanks on our behalf for the blessing granted us through the prayers of many.

Paul asks for the prayers of friends he has known in the past but now rarely sees. He clearly believes in the power of prayer, even prayer from a distance.

Does such prayer really work? We can’t know for sure. People sometimes attribute a healing or happy circumstance to prayer, but skeptics always find other ways to explain it.

Prayer establishes or expresses a relationship between the pray-er and the prayed for. It helps to know the person you’re praying for, but sometimes we pray for people we don’t know, strangers, a name on a prayer list. The Forward Movement staff, for example, prays each morning for readers who have called or posted online to ask for their prayers. Christians also pray for world peace, the health of the environment, those in prison, responsible government, and such things, even when no specific faces come to mind.

How prayer works is a mystery, but it is one way God invites us to take part in the great works of healing and saving God’s people.

PRAY for the Dioceses of Northern Malawi and Southern Malawi (Central Africa)

Today the Church remembers Bede, the Venerable, Priest, and Monk of Jarrow, 735.

Ps 25 * 9, 15; Deuteronomy 4:9-14; 2 Corinthians 1:1-11; Luke 14:25-35



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