The Body

By Phillip White

Every morning during the week our staff begins with praying over our church family. Prayer requests and updates are reported to us, and we lift up those who are sick, grieving, celebrating, or experiencing anything else that we can go to the Lord with. It truly is a blessing to be able to pray together. I also enjoy times when I am with fellow believers, and we are called to prayer in the moment. Aren’t those times special – moments not scheduled, but rather impromptu and a feeling as though we need to pray right then. This can come in a lot of forms, including asking the Lord for help or guidance, or stopping to give thanks. Regardless of why we are drawn to prayer, we can feel an urgency to drop everything and pray. The Spirit has a way of unifying the Body, and these moments serve as evidence of that.

When I think on these times, they also bring me to thanksgiving. There are so many testimonies over these past two years where Claira and I can look back and give thanks. It reminds me in Ephesians when Paul writes, “For this reason, ever since I heard about your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love for all God’s people, I have not stopped giving thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers” (Ephesians 1:15-16). I believe this type of thanksgiving is something we should often be actively participating in, because we are One Body who is serving One God (Ephesians 4:1-6). The peace that comes with praying for each other is important.

After our “Faith with Actions” event, where over 130 people signed up to volunteer and be involved with ministries around our church, I am moved to thanksgiving for our church family. What an encouraging display of the Lord stirring in our church, moving us to action! Ministering to our community and around the world is a big task, so let’s be diligent in lifting each other up and remembering each other in our prayers. “Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer” (Romans 12:12).