Faith Formation & Fellowship
“Let us be the answer to another person's prayer.”
One of the most precious moments in our weekly worship together is when Pastor Eric brings the prayers of the congregation before the Lord. As I listen to the many needs and the voices of those around me speaking the names of loved ones, I am so humbled and awed to belong to this Body of Christ called Good Shepherd. As Pastor prays that we will be the answer to another person's prayers, I feel an anticipation of what the Lord will do in and through us in the coming week.
How can we live out this amazing privilege and calling?
- Be ready! “Behold I stand at the door and knock.” ~ Revelation 3:20
Being ready means we are expecting to encounter situations where we can respond to another person's prayer. As we pray for the needs listed in our bulletin, we can expect the Lord to bring opportunities to our attention and provide practical ways for us to serve in His name.
- Be Willing! “Here I am, Lord, send me!” ~ Isaiah 6:8
Are we willing to set aside our own agenda to be available to others? Having a heart prepared daily with God's Word and time with Him helps us to have a flexible and willing attitude focused on God's will instead of our own. Prayerfully asking the Lord to arrange our day helps us respond to His will and enables us to recognize His “divine appointments.”
- Be Able! “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me” ~ Philippians 4:13
We are empowered and enabled by the Holy Spirit to serve in ways we could never imagine in our own strength. Asking the Holy Spirit to prepare us, lead us, and enable us to do His will every day can be a surprising and awesome adventure of faith.
We have so many opportunities to be used by the Lord as an answer to another person's prayers! Ask the Lord to direct you as you consider the needs and ministries of our Good Shepherd family and our community. Be ready, willing, and able to be someone's answer to prayer as you walk with the Lord today!
“Perhaps God has placed you here for just such a time as this!”
~ Esther 4:14
“Here I am, Lord, use me!”
Gay Dimock and the Faith Formation and Fellowship Team