August 9, 2022     2:23 pm
266. Week of Tenth Sunday after Trinity - Saturday
Pray for one another
          Pray for one another.   James 5:16
          You must not only pray for yourself, my dear Christian but also for others. Christians should pray for one another. Since you should love your neighbour as yourself, you should also pray for your neighbour as for yourself. Pray for your loved ones, whom God has united with you by ties of kinship. Pray for your friends; this is the greatest possible favour you can bestow upon them. Pray for your fellow-Christians, that the grace of God may always abide with them. Pray for those you see erring. Pray for your enemy. The Saviour says: "Pray for them that despitefully use you and persecute you." (Matt. 5:44) If you pray for your enemy, you will surely love him; for you cannot hate him for whom you pray. Do not forget your preacher, your pastor, when you pray. The Apostle Paul asked for such intercession. (Eph. 6:19; Col. 4:3) And the same Apostle admonishes us to pray "for all men." (1 Tim. 2:1) This is in accord with the gracious will of God that all men be saved and come to the knowledge of truth. There are Christians who make a list of those for whom they wish to pray particularly, and who daily put this list before them when they pray in private. That is a very good thing to do. - But you must not pray for the dead. "It is appointed for men once to die, but after this the Judgment." (Hebr. 9:27) God has judged the dead. Their souls are either with the blessed in heaven or with the damned in hell. It is a violation of the honour of God to pray for the dead. God judges righteously. But pray, pray, PRAY for those still living, for they still live in the day of salvation.
          PRAYER: - Lord, merciful God, who desires that we Your children, pray for one another, pour out upon me, I beseech You, the Spirit of love and of prayer, that I may gladly and willingly, diligently and fervently do according to this Your will, and that I may firmly believe that my intercession is not in vain, but moves You most mercifully to have compassion upon my neighbour, for You gladly help us through Jesus Christ, the world's Saviour. Amen

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