Posted: December 15, 2016 by Nate Ferguson, Lead Pastor
Have you ever had a bad day? I had a bad Sunday. I stayed out too late on Saturday night (yes, even us Pastors we like to have fun). Then, I got up 5 minutes later than what I was supposed to and was running late (yep, we hit snooze as well). When I got to church, a guy who was supposed to meet me to help shovel snow didn’t show. Then the salt spreader was frozen and didn’t work. It was a bad Sunday morning.
By 8 am, I usually have run through the message, had a good Mt. Dew and some chocolate, and am ready for prayer and the day. I didn’t get my Mt. Dew and chocolate…not good…I didn’t run through the message, which means I’m nervous, and I hate to be nervous. And I missed the prayer time because we had to do sound checks and final preps because I was late.
Then God showed up. During the first song our prayer warriors, Sunny and Lilye, put their hands on my shoulder and just prayed for me during the entire first song. Then, during the second song as we stood up one of our elders came up and gave me a hug. He told me he loved me and was excited for what God had in store for the day.
Who gets to live a life like this? Having a bad day and people just come up and pray for you and encourage you. I do. And it is awesome!
I want everyone to experience this, and it can become a reality if we would simply live out this scripture….
Make this your common practice: Confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you can live together whole and healed. The prayer of a person living right with God is something powerful to be reckoned with.
– James 5:16-17 – The Message Translation
So here’s my challenge to you….call someone you know every morning for the next week and just offer to say a prayer for them. Trust me, they won’t say no! And they will be so honored and blessed because of your prayer.
If that feels too forward…send them a text of a prayer you just said for them.
The power of prayer is something to be reckoned with! It can end any bad morning, bad day, or bad year we might be having!