Chi Rho Reflection for the Week of February 5, 2012
- Chi Rho Reflection for the Week of February 5, 2012
As one of the on-going ministries of Chi Rho Press,
here is a selection from our book of daily devotions,
"Living as the Beloved: One Day at a Time," by the
Rev. Dr. Sandra Bochonok.
Please read the Scripture passage and Dr. Bochonok's
meditation. We hope you will be blessed.
Thank you for forwarding this to your friends.
God will use your prayers
"Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness; for we
do not know how to pray as we ought, but that very
Spirit intercedes with sighs too deep for words."
Those who pray always are necessary to those who never
~ Victor Hugo, Les Miserables
Just the other day, a friend mentioned she is reluctant
to bother God with her little requests when the world
needs God's attention with the big problems. Yet God
is eager for us to pray. There is no such thing as a
little prayer and this prayer thing is something with
which we all struggle.
As an Internet minister, I receive e-mail prayer requests
from people around the world. People from Australia to
Zimbabwe ask for prayers in war and peace, when in safety
or in danger, for sick and dying loved ones, employment
and educational needs, sharing deeply personal concerns
for their children and for themselves.
Prayer changes things. God listens when we pray. "Those
who pray always are necessary to those who never pray,"
said Victor Hugo, and I add for those afraid to pray.
But how do we get started? And for what should we be
praying? When do we know when God hears and answers
Just as some people have personal trainers for physical
fitness, God has given us the Holy Spirit as a personal
trainer for our prayer lives. When we are unable to
articulate our needs and burdens for others and ourselves,
God's gracious Spirit intercedes for us with feelings so
deep that words are unnecessary. Our prayers have
amazing power when we allow the Spirit to guide us.
It is good to bring the big world concerns to God. I
often pray while listening to local and world news and
when reading the newspaper and ministry e-mail. God is
concerned about world hunger, tensions in the Middle East,
and nuclear weapons. We are called to intercede on a
It is also good to bring the neighborhood concerns to
the Almighty such as the unemployed migrant workers on
the corner who are waiting for sporadic employment, the
nearby food bank, homeless runaway teens, drug dealers
in the area, and for local victims of domestic violence.
We need to pray for those who prey on others. Sometimes
our prayers can even lead to civic involvement and action.
It is also appropriate to pray for the little things that
concern us too. I pray for kittens and puppies, for small
issues and situations in my personal life and home, for
daily blessings and divine protection for those I love.
God is interested in the details of the day-to-day events
in life. God delights in our small talk as well as our
heartfelt intercessions for the world. The Spirit of God
will honor our desire and willingness to pray. Just care
enough to make the effort and you will sense when it is
time to stop. God will use your prayers in amazing ways.
Spirit of God, guide our prayers when we are weak and
strong, with and without words. Amen.
Grace and peace,
Chi Rho Press
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