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Let Me Pray For You Right Now

Thursday, August 15, 2019

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“We rise to meet each day because there will come a time when the day will rise without us.” – Chris Matakas

Yesterday, I shared a story featuring my dear friend, Larry “Chap” Lilly. Today, I’d like to write about another, more recent event involving Chap.

I called Chap last week just to check in with him and see how he’s doing. He didn’t pick up the phone, but had his wife text me back to say that they were on their way to a doctor’s appointment.

A few hours later, Chap called back and we chatted for a while. After giving me an update on his health, he asked me about my family and ministry. I told him that everyone and everything was fine, but also shared a couple of specific prayer requests pertaining to Risk Takers.

Chap’s response was sincere and immediate. “Let me pray for you right now,” he said. And with that, he offered a heartfelt prayer on my behalf.

Later that day, I received a call from a Christian woman whom I hadn’t heard from in a couple of years. She had enthusiastically supported my campaign for state representative in 2016, but we hadn’t talked much since then. This time, she was calling for some spiritual advice.

As our conversation drew to a close, I was reminded of my earlier phone call with Chap. And so, I made the same offer to her that Chap had made to me. “Let me pray for you right now,” I said, and she readily agreed.

One of the many lessons that Chap has taught me during our 30 years of friendship is that when the Holy Spirit speaks to your heart about someone in need, stop whatever you’re doing and bring them before God’s throne of grace. Far too often, we tell someone that we will be pray for them… and then we forget. Better to pray then and there while the need is fresh in your mind.

Why not take a page out of Chap’s book and pray “without ceasing?”

“Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” 2 Thessalonians 5:16-18 (NKJV)

- Rev. Dale M. Glading, President

Editor's Note: That same week, I was having breakfast with another dear friend, Steve Schwartz. When I shared the same RTC prayer concerns with him, he immediately stopped me and said, "Let me pray for you right now!" Coincidence? I don't think so. Chap and Steve are just two loving brothers-in-Christ who understand the power of intercessory prayer.

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