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Wouldn't it be great to know that someone was always struggling on your behalf in their prayers? How much of a benefit would that be? We pray for each other rather lightly often, but think about what we're doing when we pray:
The God who existed before the universe was formed, who exists outside of time and space, who created with a Word, who is so holy that God cannot bear the presence of sin, and yet is so loving that God willingly sacrificed God's Son, Jesus Christ, so that humanity could be freely redeemed from sin -- that God is hearing your name lifted up with purpose. That God, who already knows your joys, sorrows, hopes, and shame, is hearing someone intentionally speak your name before God.
Pretty awesome, isn't it? When we stop to think, the reality of prayer should bowl us over and send us singing joyful songs to one another.
So may we pray for one another, struggling on behalf of one another, that we might life each other up before God Almighty, who freely descends to earth to dwell with us and lead us through the presence of the Holy Spirit.