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Prayer for community, each other

Pastor's corner

POSTED: May 17, 2010 12:49 p.m.
First, on behalf of the United Ministerial Alliance of Liberty County, we want to thank you for your support as we celebrated another National Day of Prayer. We appreciate your prayers for our leaders, children, homeless, community, families and one another.
Secondly, prayer is one of the foundational strengths that Jesus himself taught us to do. In the Gospel of Matthew, chapter 6, verses 9-14, it says, “After this manner therefore pray ye: Our father which art in Heaven, hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come, thy will be done in Earth, as it is in Heaven. Give us this day, our daily bread and forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, the power and the glory forever. Amen.”
Not sure if you noticed, but I did not see any “I,” “me” or “my” in that prayer. I am not saying you can’t pray for yourself or your situation, but I want you to notice that He is telling us to pray for God’s will and for “us.” It is very important that we understand we must pray for others. The prayer was not singular but plural — “us” — with a focus on God. There are many reasons we pray, but remember the basic elements of the prayer Jesus taught us.
I pray for you, you pray for me and we watch God change things. Read this prayer a few more times through the week by yourself and watch God release something into your life. I thank God I live in a community where our leaders and residents are excited about prayer.
May God smile upon you and yours, and remember men and women should always pray. When someone comes to you with a situation and asks you what to do, remember God said to pray.

Andrews is president of the United Ministerial Alliance.
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