Can you spare some time and attention?

My morning Scripture reading was from the book of Philemon. At the end of the letter Paul says that “I am hoping through your prayers.” Philemon was praying for Paul and praying specifically for them to be reunited. It was the very prayer of his friend that was bringing hope to Paul. For Paul had seen firsthand the power of prayer and so his soul was encouraged that another person would take the time to pray for him and pray specifically.

Prayer isn’t a last resort it is our best one. It isn’t about making ourselves feel better. It is working alongside God to accomplish something.

If a result of prayer is hope.

And the cost of prayer is time and attention.

Sounds like a great way to spend our lives.

Published by Todd Nelson

I'm one of the pastors at First United Methodist Church in Lexington, Kentucky where I've served for the past thirteen years. The sub-title of this blog is "Grace is no accident" which happens to be the defining reality of my life. God's grace (gift) is the reason we have breath in our lungs and hope in our hearts.

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