Church, Musings

The blessing of intercessory prayer

I’ve been thinking this week about how wonderful it is to be supported in prayer and to support others in prayer. Intercessory prayer is one of the privileges of being part of the body of Christ.

It is so easy to want to or feel that we have to “go it on our own” when in reality we were placed into the body of believers–the church, for the sake of community.  Community is intended to be there for the ups and downs.

1 Corinthians 12:26 If one member suffers, all suffer together; if one member is honored, all rejoice together. (ESV)

So when someone asks for prayer–we should say thanks.  Thanks for giving us the blessing of supporting you.

We all need people to help strengthen our faith as we journey through life. When we face trials of various kinds and support each other in prayer–then we are being the body of Christ.

Author: Steve

Steve Kilgore joined the staff of Calvary Church in Lancaster, PA in the fall of 2002 as the Pastor of Discipleship to facilitate the equipping ministries, which include Adult Bible Fellowship and other adult discipleship ministries, and work with the rest of the education ministries. He currently serves as the Executive Pastor of Ministries with a focus on providing ministries that facility individuals taking intentional Next Steps for growing and participating in the leadership and administrative aspect at Calvary. He has also taught part-time at Lancaster Bible College in the area of Spiritual Formation and New Testament. Prior to coming to Calvary he served in two churches as well as taught part-time at Philadelphia Biblical University. He was born in Dallas, Texas, but spent the first 13 years of his life in Guatemala where his parents were missionaries. It was there at the age of four and a half that Steve placed his faith in Christ as his Savior. Steve received a Bachelor’s degree in Bible from Philadelphia College of Bible and a Masters of Theology from Dallas Theological Seminary. Steve and his wife, Mary Anne, have their two boys, Andrew and Nathan (both in college), and live in East Lampeter Township. Steve lives and ministers by the personal motto, Know what you believe and why, live it, be able to defend it. His hobbies, other than playing with his family, include tinkering with computers, reading, drinking coffee with his wife, playing and watching basketball. Steve and Mary Anne are looking forward to exploring new hobbies as they transition to life as empty-nesters.

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