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Monday, February 24, 2014

A Fellowship of Believers

"Again, truly I tell you that if two of you on earth agree about anything they ask for, it will be done for them by my Father in heaven. For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them." Matthew 18: 19-20 (NIV)

What a wonderful weekend, filled with old friends and new faces, all praying together! Washington Center U.M.C., our little country church, sponsors a Christian Women’s Retreat in the month of love each year. These good women learn from our speaker and each other, and lift up prayers for those around them, near and far.

"Okay, okay, I’ve heard all that before," some might say. Probably so. But, have you experienced Christian fellowship before? You’re afraid to enter into a prayer group? You already have.

Step One: These prayers are posted on every Monday, and while you are reading it from your inbox, people from all over the world are joining you in prayer. So, step one has begun.

When you are ready, Step Two is entering into prayer with others: at church, in the community, over the phone and even at work. If you are not a church goer, slip into a sanctuary and find a spot in the back pew near the exit. Over time, when comfort sets in and new friends are made, you can move forward and even join small groups. If you do not feel welcome, smile, say a prayer for them, and find a new church. You are not praying to the people; you are praying with the people, in the name of our dear Lord.

Some Christians will use words or terms with which you are not familiar. That does not make them heathens. That only means they have a different vocabulary than yours. Do not defame the body of Christ by ridiculing their conversations. Either learn from them, teach them your ways as well, and join in their Christian Fellowship, or move to another group. Do not leave anger or discord behind. It has no place in the body of Christ. You will find a group of Christian friends.

You are welcome to post a prayer request on the prayer therapy blog, or send me an email at or by return email to this address. For the personal Christian contact you long for, call or visit your local church or synagogue and enter into a prayer time with the sweet souls who worship there. Trust the Lord and he will find two or three others with whom you can pray. Let us pray now:

"Father Almighty, Lord of heaven and of earth, you live within our praises. We know your promises and we trust that you will hear our prayers and answer them within your will for our lives. Sometimes we feel lonely and fail to remember the love of those who believe in you. May this be the day when we seek your friends, your face and your grace. Forgive us when we believe we know all there is to know about you, and therefore, others are wrong or even evil. Or, we believe we are not "good enough" to bask in you presence. Bring your love into our hearts and insight to our understanding. May we never bring grief to you by bruising others who call you God, while arrogantly believing that we know it all. Fill us so much with you, that our silly egos are burned by your glory and replaced by your own self. In the name of Jesus, your son, I pray. Amen"
"God gives us stories that testify to His love. Let me tell you mine." Copyright 2014 Doris Gaines Rapp


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