Sunday, for our worship, I talked about prayer and how it connects us to God and to each other.
Our scripture is from the book of Mark, Chapter 5:24-34
[A] large crowd followed him and pressed in on him. Now there was a woman who had been suffering from hemorrhages for twelve years. She had endured much under many physicians, and had spent all that she had; and she was no better, but rather grew worse. She had heard about Jesus, and came up behind him in the crowd and touched his cloak, for she said, “If I but touch his clothes, I will be made well.” Immediately her hemorrhage stopped; and she felt in her body that she was healed of her disease. Immediately aware that power had gone forth from him, Jesus turned about in the crowd and said, “Who touched my clothes?” And his disciples said to him, “You see the crowd pressing in on you; how can you say, ‘Who touched me?’” He looked all around to see who had done it. But the woman, knowing what had happened to her, came in fear and trembling, fell down before him, and told him the whole truth. He said to her, “Daughter, your faith has made you well; go in peace, and be healed of your disease.”
“If I but touch his clothes, I will be made well.” I think this was very much a prayer from her heart straight to Jesus’ heart. As she touched the hem of his clothes she felt that she was healed… she felt connected to him and him to her as he asked, “Who touched me?”
I think this is an important part of prayer that we don’t think about often enough. The connection that happens. Of course, as we pray we feel a connection with God but as we pray for one another we become intertwined together. We become connected, united by and in prayer.
Prayer is powerful, we often forget that. We get frustrated when our prayers aren’t answered as quickly or exactly how we want them to be but it’s really the act of the prayer that’s important. It’s what connects us…to God and to each other.
Prayer comes in all shapes and sizes. We have the Lord’s Prayer, our Breath prayer, Meal time prayers, and our Bedtime prayers. Those are usual, but have you tried prayer journaling? Writing down prayer concerns? Yours and your family and friends? What about prayer beads? How about a walking prayer? Or praying in color?
Right now as we are all shut away in our homes, we have a lot time to be in prayer. I encourage you to pray often and maybe try one of these different ideas for prayer. You can google them and probably find ideas but if you need help with them, comment or send me a message and I’ll help you out!
Now, will you join me in prayer?
Our hearts are troubled, fear and anxiety are running rampant all around us and maybe even in our own hearts. Help us to remember in those moments that we can easily connect with you through prayer. We can connect with one another as we lift each of us in prayer. Thank you, Lord, for this gift of connection. Amen.
If you are looking for a way to connect through worship, I have been posting online worship for my little congregations. You can find this week’s posted on my Facebook Page or on YouTube at https://youtu.be/IPyn_6SbLOQ