One of my favorite books in the past few years has been “Brothers, We are Not Professionals” by John Piper. It is my belief that every preacher and every elder would do well to read this book. You will not agree with everything in the book, but it is a must read for church leaders. The title of this post is taken from his chapter, “Brothers, Let Us Pray.” During our second year at Lewisville we made the decision to pray for every family who was a part of the congregation. A letter was mailed to every family encouraging them to submit prayer requests. It was a very successful effort.
During our eighth year we are attempting to do it again. The number of families has about doubled and it is taking more time, but again it is well worth the effort. We would encourage every preacher and elder to give this a try.
In many of the responses, our members have indicated not only their gratitude, but also their commitment to pray for us. It has reminded my of our great need for others to pray for us.
If you are a preacher or an elder, you need others to pray for you. So, I would like to offer to pray for you. This is not an attempt to encourage you to bare your soul to me (unless of course you want to or feel the need).
There are probably many who pray for you already, however I just want to be another brother who approaches the throne of grace on your behalf. Here’s how this will work.
If you would like for me to pray specifically for you just drop me a note. You can do this privately: firstname.lastname@example.org. Feel free to just send your name, your congregation, and any prayer request or concern you have. If you send an email no one else will see it.
You can also choose to give me your name and request by commenting on this post. That would ensure that others would pray for you as well. If you are not a preacher or an elder, but you would like for me to pray for your preacher/elders please send me their name(s).
If you have any questions or suggestions please feel free to let me know. And please feel free to join me in this effort in any way you would like. BROTHERS, LET US PRAY FOR ONE ANOTHER!
Dear Father, we are thankful that You have provided an avenue for us to reach Your throne. Thank you for allowing us to pray for one another. Thank You God, for the strength we gain when we come humbly into Your presence and bring the names as well as the concerns of those we love. Thank You for the Spirit who intercedes for us and for Jesus our Mediator who walks into Your presence in our behalf. In His precious Name we pray, Amen.