Intercessory prayer is an act of faith. “Faith” is an English translation of the Greek noun pistis, which also means “trust” or “belief.” To intercede in prayer on someone’s behalf means that we believe God is there to listen, but it also means that we trust and hold God accountable to God’s promises. We “lean” on those everlasting arms trusting that God will not let us fall.
Intercessory prayer is an act of faith – a deep trust of promises made to us by a loving and merciful God who promised never to leave us – but it is also an act of hope. By “hope,” I don’t mean that everything that happens in our lives will be good, that even with the strongest faith there will be no suffering. By “hope” I mean that in every moment of our lives there will be God. Even when there is no cure, God offers us healing; even when there is no cure, God offers us care.
This message is excerpted from “Praying in faith, hope and love” by Violet Cucciniello Little in the June 2018 Gather magazine. Today is Second Sunday after Pentecost. Today we commemorate Barnabas, Apostle.
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