This past Sunday, our congregation was addressed with a specific request. Someone in our church family has a loved one serving in the armed forces for a lengthy time in a dangerous area. Our congregation was asked to 'adopt' or 'sponsor' this group of soldiers in prayer and encouragement. Those who wanted to could sign up for an individual to pray for and encourage. Others were asked to participate by praying for the entire group.
While the request was still being made, I knew we would 'adopt' or 'sponsor' an individual. With so many of our family members serving or have served in the military, how could we not? So, we received an individual's name.
Starting this past Sunday, we began praying for this person by name. It made me think of how although we don't know much except a few more details than what I have shared here, we know a name. It is a name we can lift up to the Lord who knows not just this individual's name, but every hair on their head and every situation they will face.
Although our feeble prayers won't cover every detail or situation, because we can't possibly know; our heart and intention is heard in the words we utter. Through it all, we are confident the Lord, who knows all, hears every word, understands everything, and will answer our prayers. We also rejoice that the Holy Spirit helps us in these times...
"Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness.
For we do not know what to pray for as we ought,
but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words.
And he who searches hearts knows what is the mind of the Spirit,
because the Spirit intercedes for the saints according to the will of God."
So, each day we fold our hands, bow our heads, and continue, in faith, to pray by name.
Linked to Word-Filled Wednesday at Internet Cafe Devotions.