The Rush to Rescue

As I heard the request for prayer my heart beat just a bit faster. I have been where this grandparent is now, I thought to myself. I must find out who wrote the prayer request so I can save them!

It brought me back to a September morning almost seven and a half years ago – that phone call … My daughter crying over the phone and so far away. I could listen; but I couldn’t hug her. I could tell her it would be alright; but I couldn’t hold her.

“Please pray for our unborn grandchild.” Rachel was reading the prayer requests as our congregation responded. “We have just learned he has a cleft palate.”

Lord, in your mercy – Hear our prayer.

Even as I felt myself wanting to run to comfort the grandparent I felt a nudge. You were asked to pray, whispered a voice in my spirit. You don’t need to solve the problem or assume they need to hear what you did with your worry!

There is nothing wrong with action. And there are times and places for embraces and words of comfort and assurance. But sometimes we are asked simply to pray. That is enough.

Perhaps today you will run into situations that require you to lend a hand. There may also be situations in which you are asked simply to pray. May we have the wisdom to discern the difference and the willingness to respond to the need rather than react to our own wants.

Mark Demers

Want to talk about sex, politics, spirituality? So do I. I grew up in a religious home in the 1950’s and 1960’s. Our country was reeling from assassinations and the devastation of the Viet Nam War. Looking for something beautiful, I got a degree in music, married the love of my life and had children. Looking for God, I then went to seminary. Looking for something that might transform the world, I became a local church pastor. Now, I’m always looking for people who want to talk about important things. I cherish conversations with emerging leaders, people who are antsy to try an idea they believe would change the world for the better. I’d would love to hear from you.