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Body-building Tip #41 – These thoughts are designed to help members of the body at Grace to encourage one another’s faith.

Heb 13:18,19 “Pray for us, for we are sure that we have a clear conscience, desiring to act honorably in all things. I urge you the more earnestly to do this in order that I may be restored to you the sooner.”

For you to ponder: The readers are asked to pray. They are urged to pray more earnestly. The writer wanted to return to the Hebrews and was kept from doing so against his will. And so this prayer request was sent to the believers. He asks that their efforts in prayer be doubled so that he will be restored to them “the sooner.” Sooner than what? Sooner than if they had not prayed more earnestly. The request is specific. More prayer is seen as the means to the answer. The writer believed in the power of others praying for him and in sharing requests for specific needs.

Tip: Sharing in prayer can be one of the most effective ways of encouraging one another’s faith. If you want to be a “body-builder”, ask someone today if there is something you can pray with him or her about this week. The response may reveal concerns or other needs for which God can use you to offer words of encouragement or a helping hand.

Challenge: “Is there something I can pray with you about this week?” is all you need to say. Then pray! In a week follow up. Mark it on your calendar if you think you might forget. “How has God answered prayer for…?” might be a good follow-up question. Joining with someone in prayer clearly communicates that you care and directs attention to our prayer-answering God. God can use you to meet a need and encourage someone’s faith “sooner” than if you had not prayed! What a privilege!

 

Body-building Tip #40 – These thoughts are designed to help members of the body at Grace to encourage one another’s faith.

I Tim 2:1-3 – “First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way. This is good, and it is pleasing in the sight of God our Savior…”

For you to ponder: Paul encourages Timothy to pray. In fact he places a very high priority on praying for all people and especially for those in authority. We have good reason to believe that Timothy was already a man of prayer. But Paul wants to emphasize prayer for all people and by all believers. Apparently that urging was needed so that both Timothy and the people he ministered to would give prayer a higher priority in their lives.

Tip: How would you respond if someone encouraged you to pray more? To pray more earnestly? If someone wanted to join with you in developing an attitude of prayer, a “pray without ceasing” mindset? By actively praying for those around you, by letting them know you are praying for them and by sharing prayer requests and answers to prayer you can be an encouragement to the faith of others. If the only “body-building” you do is to share your faith in prayer with members here at Grace, God will use you to make a great contribution to the growth of believers here. Challenge: Paul tells us that prayer is “good, and it is pleasing in the sight of God our Savior.” What greater joy can there be than pleasing Him?

 
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