What a beautiful gift!

Good morning everyone,
 
Our theme for this month: “Mighty Prevailing Prayer”
 
Our Bible verse for today: “Dear friend, I pray that you are prospering in every way and are in good health, just as your whole life is going well.” 1 John 1:2 (CSB)
 
Our thought for today: “What a beautiful gift!”
 
Yesterday we looked at the Apostle Paul’s words in 2 Timothy 1:3-7. He wrote them to his son in the faith, Timothy, and told him that he prayed for him constantly with warm remembrance, with tears of joy, and with intercessions. I asked you to consider how encouraging that news must have been to Timothy as he read them. I can see the smile on his face as he imagines his mentor and friend praying for him like that.
 
I also told you about the young man in our church who told me that he and his wife pray for me every day. That news touched my heart and brought joy and encouragement to me. What a gift it is to care about someone enough to pray for them like that – every day!
 
As I write this, Christmas is less than six weeks away. Some of you over-achievers have probably already finished your Christmas shopping, but others (like me), are just now starting to give it some thought. Well, here’s a Christmas gift idea that is both unique and very meaningful: As your gift to some special person, you could give them a nice card with a note inside that reads, “My Christmas gift to you this year is my promise that I will pray for you every day. Every day, before you even get out of bed, I will already have prayed that God will bless you, care for you, prosper you, and bring you joy. May you be richly blessed in 2022!”
 
You can, of course, put the note into your own words. But what a comforting and encouraging thought it is to know that someone who loves you and cares about you is praying for you every day. What a beautiful gift that is.  Would daily prayer for an entire year classify as persistent prayer? Yes, yes it would. Would daily prayer like that for an entire year be mighty prevailing prayer? Again, yes. Only God knows the impact that kind of praying might have in the person’s life. We do know, from the Bible and from experience, that when God’s people pray, things happen. You will be blessing that person every day for an entire year by praying for them.
 
What a beautiful gift prayer is, and what a great Christmas gift it would be for some special person on your list. I encourage you to consider doing it.
 
God Bless,
Pastor Jim
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