Fr. Stavros N. Akrotirianakis is the Proistamenos of St. John Greek Orthodox Church in Tampa, FL. Fr. contributes the Prayer Team Ministry, a daily reflection, which began in February 2015. The Prayer Team now has its own dedicated website! Fr. Stavros has produced two books, “Let All Creation Rejoice: Reflections on Advent, the Nativity and Epiphany”: “https://amzn.to/2t1rXwh and “The Road Back to Christ: Reflections on Lent, Holy Week and the Resurrection.” https://amzn.to/2WAcfG0
Pray for one another, that you may be healed. James 5:16
Good morning Prayer Team!
How many people do you know? Not, how many are you friends with? How many people do you know? Most of us know at least 100 people and probably more than that. It is important to remember others in your prayers before the Lord. After all, what can be more special than offering up the name and the NEED of someone else to the Lord? So, think about people that you know, their names and their needs. Spend a few minutes in prayer each day praying for others.
Don’t just rattle a list of names off. Pray slow enough so that you can “see” the person for whom you are praying. Close your eyes and have something akin to a “slide show” of all the people you are praying for. So that when we pray for “our spouse,” we can see a picture of that person (maybe a favorite picture from the office, or the house, something you’ve memorized so that their image can be brought quickly to mind). So, if I pray for “Mary,” I see a picture of Mary, of her family, of her at work, and then I am praying for Mary to do well in her job, in her marriage, with her children, in whatever she is doing, for it to be blessed by God. And then let the “slide” of the next person come into your mind.
When you’ve run out of people to pray for, start praying for people in general. Pray for teachers, for doctors, for those who are sick, for those who care for them, for those in grief, for priests, for seminary students, for college students not to lose their faith, for married couples to have strong marriages, for those who serve in the military and are far away from family, for the families that wait for them to return safely, and the list goes on and on. The possibilities are almost endless.
Challenge for today: Sit with the Lord, meditate on His image, speak to Him, listen to Him, and in your prayers today, thank the Lord, ask for him to intercede on behalf of as many people as you can think of.
Lord, remember (list one person at a time, and ask the Lord for something on behalf of that person; then repeat for five minutes)
You’ll see that praying for those around you is only going to bring you closer to them, so have a great day with whoever you are going to spend the day with!
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