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Wednesday, November 6, 2019

     “Therefore confess your sins to one another, and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous man has great power in its effects.” (James 5: 16)

     I know we like to say, these days, that we send our “thoughts” as well as our prayers, to those who have suffered some loss or tragedy. And this is not a bad thing, of course. But somehow, I find that when I say that I send my “thoughts” as well as my prayers, I tend to neglect the second part.

     Let me really pray, this morning, for anyone I happen to have heard of recently, in need of prayer, lest I dismiss myself from the responsibility of really praying for people, rather than just “thinking” about them. And the difference is, letting God into the picture of my relationship with them. I...

Monday, November 6, 2017

Therefore confess your sins to one another, and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous man has great power in its effects.” (James 5: 16)

I know we like to say, these days, that we send our “thoughts” as well as our prayers, to those who have suffered some loss or tragedy. I just heard this phrase, “We send our thoughts and prayers,” in connection with the recent mass shooting at a church in Sutherland Springs, Texas. But let me say this out loud, even if it’s not all that PC: It’s pretty cheap to send “thoughts,” because they come and go whether we like it or not, whereas “prayers” take a bit of work. And mind you, I’m saying this mainly to myself, because I know that when I say that I send my “thoughts” as well as my prayers, I often neglect the second pa...

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