Romans 15:30 “Now I beseech you, brethren, for the Lord Jesus Christ’s sake, and for the love of the Spirit, that ye strive together with me in your prayers to God for me.”
Colossians 1:9 “For this cause we also, since the day we heard it, do not cease to pray for you, and to desire that ye might be filled with the knowledge of his will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding”
On July 20th, 1969, Neil Armstrong successfully piloted the Lunar Module to the moon’s surface. It was a nerve-racking experience, fraught with uncertainty and danger, and demanding steady hands and wise decisions. Neil Armstrong performed brilliantly in spite of inner turmoil that plagued him during the moments of the lunar landing.
In spite of his steel-nerved reputation as a man with a successful background as a test pilot and a combat veteran, Neil’s heart rate of 150 beats per minute during the lunar descent betrayed his outward calm. Though he handled these stressors with aplomb, it wasn’t easy to shoulder the burden of crew survival and mission success with literally the whole world watching.
Christians around us face difficulties every day. Regardless of their outward appearance, we are not always privy to their inward challenges. It makes it all the more important that we follow the Biblical model and pray for them as we strive together. In order to successfully serve Christ in this land, Christians all around us need to be “filled with the knowledge of his will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding.” We should pray for such a filling.
PLEASE PRAY FOR AMERICAN CHRISTIANS ALL AROUND YOU. Instead of judging them, we should pray for them. Instead of assuming that their outward calm is an indication of inward order, we should pray for them. Instead of trusting their wisdom and understanding, we should pray for God-given wisdom and understanding to pervade their lives. We should do so “for the Lord Jesus Christ’s sake, and for the love of the Spirit.” We should do so by praying for one another.