Recently, I have been praying for the Holy Spirit to pour love over the congregation in our church. I have asked for him to touch hearts and help us to love one another. Help us to love one another both inside….as well as those outside, the church walls.
At first, I didn’t notice any change.
Lately though, I have found there to be a difference in some people.
I have also noticed a difference in my own heart.
I am more outgoing.
Also, I have been praying for neighbors who I believe to be unsaved.
Isn’t it wonderful how God works when we include him in our lives? I have been exasperated at times, complaining about how unfriendly our churches can seem.
Complaining took me down a lonely road with no hope; no direction.
Prayer….Prayer…now there is a lifeline. A lifeline enveloped in hope and direction.
If you desire change; in yourself, another, a situation, simply take your request to the Lord. It is his longing to act on our behalf when we pray in his will.
All our complaining and frustration…will only result in more of the same. Only the Lord knows what each of us needs. Only he knows how to best deal with each person. And when we pray for others…..the Lord will work on us as well…because he knows what we need.
I have been encouraged by what I have witnessed. I have been reminded.
I long to hold on to that encouragement and that reminder, and allow the Lord to continue to work in me…and in others around me.
I know the focus the Lord desires is for me to work on myself…and leave it to him to work on those around me. In doing so, I will remain in peace.
If I hope to love those around me, I must remain in peace.
2 Corinthians 13:11:
Finally, brothers and sisters, rejoice! Strive for full restoration, encourage one another, be of one mind, live in peace. And the God of love and peace will be with you. (NIV)
And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people. (NIV)