Focus Scripture: 2 Thessalonians 1:11
When should we pray for other people? Many people are part of prayer chains that pray for specific people who are facing trials or difficulties. Many are familiar with the idea of praying for someone facing surgery or was recently diagnosed with an illness or who suffered an accident. But that should not be the only time we pray for our siblings in the church.
Paul, Silas and Timothy pray for the people of the church in Thessalonia, not because they are facing trials or problems or illnesses but because they were followers of Jesus. They prayed that God would make the Thessalonians worthy, that all their plans and desires for God would come to fruition.
We can do that too. We can pray for other Christians. We can pray that God will perfect them, that is that they will become more and more perfect as they grow in their faith. We can pray that their plans for ministry will be successful and build the kingdom of God.
But more than that, we SHOULD pray all those things. The Desert Southwest Conference encourages us to pray for each other. The North District publishes a list of churches for us to pray for. For august and September we are encouraged to pray for the following churches/ministries and their members:
Mesquite UMC - Mesquite, NV (Rev. Rick Casebolt)
Mohave Valley UMC - Ft. Mohave, AZ (Pastor Gene Stouffer)
Community UMC - Williams, AZ (Rev. Billy Martin)
Campus Ministry, UNLV - Las Vegas, NV (Rev. Susan Holden)
Korean Campus Ministry , UNLV - Las Vegas, NV (Pastor Daniel Choi)
Campus Ministry, NAU - Flagstaff, NV (Rev. Kathleen Day)