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Lifting Each Other Up in Prayer

Thursday, June 26, 2014

The apostles often met together and prayed with a single purpose in mind… Acts 1:14 (CEV)

Depression is a fierce enemy, making it a struggle just to stand up, get dressed and walk around. In living with it, the name of the game is to look and act ordinary. So while I was waiting for my treatment, I decided to go to church.

St. Bartholomew’s Church on New York City’s Park Avenue is a beautiful building, always full of life, children, music and people from every corner of a great city. The opening hymn, “O Sacred Head Sore Wounded,” about Jesus’ Crucifixion, made me feel ashamed to feel so wretched, to be suffering while clothed, fed, and surrounded by loving family and friends. Phrases from my down-to-earth English childhood came back to me: “Snap out of it, dear. Pull yourself together.”

I am trying, Lord, I would say to myself.

And then the service moved on to the Prayers of the People, asking for help for the hungry, poor and oppressed of the world, the sick and suffering, “and those we name now.” And the names rolled out, none familiar to me, but each carrying a hidden history. And then, “Brigitte Weeks,” said the lay minister.

They are praying for me. All those strangers, row upon row, are praying for me.

We hear so much about the power of prayer. Now I felt it wrapping around me, easing the stress in my shoulders, unclenching my hands. The depression wasn’t gone–there was no miracle cure–but a day that before had been cold and gray was now soft and warm.

Thank You, Lord, for that caring congregation that lifted my spirit with their prayers.

By Brigitte Weeks

This devotion is excerpted from Daily Guideposts.

I know so often many of us here on Spark People request prayers from our fellow Sparkers, myself included. I have felt the love coming from all over the country because of those prayers. Thank all of you for always being there when the request goes out. I return this as my early morning walks are my prayer time and I never forget my Spark friends. May God bless each and every one of you.
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    I have lately been so wrapped up in myself and my problems that I haven't been allowing God to get through to me like I should. This devotional is the second one I've read this morning, that got right through to me. Thank you. And thank you again for praying for my concerns.

    Many hugs.
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    Thanks. You are so right.
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    I know you have often prayed for me. I truly appreciate your friendship.
    2444 days ago
    God bless you
    2445 days ago
    God bless you in return, my friend. I, too, pray for you and all of my spark friends daily. Wishing you a fantastic day today!!!!
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    Praying that God continues to bless you and thanks for the uplifting message. HUGS!
    2445 days ago
    It is good to pray for one another. God can accomplish what humans can't if it is His will to do so.

    Many have been the times when I could find no way out of a situation and God made a way. I have seen His healing power too.
    2445 days ago
    You are so right about prayer,I definetly believe in the power of prayer.
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