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June 19, 2012

A People of Prayer

by Rev. A. J. Iovine

One of my favorite parts of Saint John’s Gospel is in Chapter 17, a section of Holy Scripture known as Jesus’ High Priestly Prayer. He prays for Himself, for His disciples, and for all those who believe in Him. The 26 verses that make up this chapter are a most powerful example from our Savior Jesus Christ on the importance of a prayer life that all of us should embark upon.

Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. – 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

Here at Saint Matthew’s, this is what we do.

Every day, our church doors are open to give praise to our God in heaven, to lay before Him the heartaches, the pains, and the struggles of this life of ours. We pray for our brothers and sisters in Christ, for those who have left the faith, for unbelievers, for the hurting, for the church, for children and moms and dads, for a greater understanding of what it means to be a Christian and for a stronger faith, for the work each of us does every single day to bring a little bit of Jesus Christ to those who surround us, for a smile on the faces of the saddened, and for all things known only to our Father in heaven.

And in our daily walk, we pray unceasingly.

Or at least we should.

For that is who we are — a people of prayer.


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