Every Friday morning at 6:30am I meet at the Waffle House in my Band Group for accountability and encouragement.  This morning we read the "Daily Prayer of Freedom" out loud in the restaurant.  As I was at the counter paying my bill, one of the waitresses there who over heard us praying, asked if we would pray for her.  She was having chest pains.  We did and she said "It means allot and I love that you are willing to pray for me." Do you know that one of the deepest expressions of love you can share with someone is to offer to pray for them? It moves your relationship with them from to polite conversation to intimacy.

Good morning, Lord Jesus. Let my living relationship with my living God grow stronger each day, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. 

"We have not ceased praying for you and asking that you may be filled with the knowledge of God's will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding, so that you may lead lives worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing to Him, as you bear fruit in every good work and as you grow in the knowledge of God" (Colossians 1:9-10).

Thank You for those who pray for me. Thank You for those who pray that I'll be filled with knowledge of God's will, that I'll mature in spiritual wisdom and understanding, that I'll lead a life worthy of You, that I'll lead a life that pleases You, that I'll bear fruit in all I do and all I am, and that I keep growing in my knowledge of who You are and in the intimacy of my deeply personal experience of who You are to me in my relationship with You. By the grace of God, may they never cease.

And at the same time, I pray the same for each one of them; the ones I know and the ones I'll never know until the day we see one another face to face in Your Presence to thank one another for our prayers for each other. Prayer is an expression of love. So You invite us to "pray for one another," You invite us to "love one another" (James 5:16; John 13:34).

Come, Holy Spirit, as You lead me to pray Your Word for my friends in faith and companions on the journey of prayer. Father, in the name of Jesus, may they be filled with knowledge of Your will, may they mature in spiritual wisdom and understanding, may they lead a life worthy of You, may they lead a life that pleases You, may they bear fruit in all they do and all they are in You, and may they keep growing in their knowledge of who You are and in the intimacy of their deeply personal experience of who You are to them in their relationship with You. By the grace of God, may I never cease in my prayers for them.

Thank You for the gift and the joy of praying for them and loving each one of them in this way, today and every day. In Jesus' name I pray. Amen.

My ODC family, I pray you experience the love and joy of knowing somebody's praying for you right now, in Jesus' name. Please pray the same for me. God bless you, my friends!

Please share your thoughts and prayers with us in the comment box below.

Here are two opportunities to pray with and for each other that all are welcomed to attend:

Tonight, July 7th:: The Gathering, 7:00pm-11:00pm.  An evening of prayer and worship. Come soak in an atmosphere of prayer and worship.  You are welcomed to come any time between 7:00pm-11:00pm for as much time as you want to stay.  Location is Huntsville West down the street from Low Mill. 3001 9th Ave SW, Huntsville, AL 35805

July 8th: Prayer Walking, 11:00am-1:00pm: Saturday late morning we are going to prayer walk the neighborhood around Huntsville West where the Gathering meets on Friday nights. We will meet at Huntsville West. Come be part of this and stretch yourself as we stretch out the hand and invitation of God into this neighborhood. Wear comfortable shoes and clothing for walking the neighborhood. We will go to the Big Springs Cafe' on Governors Drive for a burger after we finish.

 

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