The Lancaster District
Van Wyck Community Vigil
In light of recent tragic events that took the life of several young people in the Van Wyck Community, a prayer vigil was organized to support the families and community. #prayer #community #awareness
When we pray for others, God invites us on an adventure into the wonder of what He alone can do. He “is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine” (Ephesians 3:20) and has infinitely creative ways of moving in the hearts of those we long to reach. We truly love our neighbors when we pray for them, because through our prayers we welcome God’s loving presence to move in fresh and vital ways in their lives.
God works strategically through our prayers to open doors in others’ hearts for the good news of Jesus. You see this throughout the life of the apostle Paul, the most effective Christian missionary in history. Paul and his companions were at “a place of prayer” in Philippi when they encountered Lydia. “The Lord opened her heart to respond to Paul’s message,” and “she and the members of her household were baptized” (Acts 16:13–15).
Paul and Timothy told the Christians in Colosse, “Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful. And pray for us, too, that God may open a door for our message, so that we may proclaim the mystery of Christ” (Colossians 4:2–3, italics added). They also told the believers in Thessalonica: “Pray for us that the message of the Lord may spread rapidly” (2 Thessalonians 3:1, italics added).
And in a revealing way, Paul elsewhere instructed Timothy about what our prayers for others mean to God, who places a high priority on our need to pray for their salvation: “I urge you, first of all, to pray for all people. Ask God to help them; intercede on their behalf, and give thanks for them…. This is good and pleases God our Savior, who wants everyone to be saved and to understand the truth” (1 Timothy 2:1,3–4 NLT, italics added). God loves it when we pray for others to turn to Christ for forgiveness.
Scripture makes clear that we have a God-given responsibility to love others with our prayers. We can learn from the prophet Samuel’s example. He told the entire nation of Israel, “Far be it from me that I should sin against the Lord by failing to pray for you” (1 Samuel 12:23).
“How Can I Pray for You Today?” (Our Daily Bread)