Last night our small group discussed chapter 13 ("Pray during Trouble") from Ed Welch's great book, _Side by Side. _Here are a few brief thoughts that came out of our encouraging discussion.
- It's always amazing to remember that God doesn't just permit prayer but that he loves prayer! That he doesn't merely tolerate prayer but allows it to move him to action. Our prayers move the God of gods, the King of kings, to do his good work. If only we believed that, how much more and more fervently would we pray!
- Praying _with _other believers during times of discouragement shouldn't be as weird as it is. Why shouldn't we close important discussions with prayer? When someone shares a struggle with you, why promise to pray for them later when you could pray for them now? Why is it odd rather than common to see people praying together during the fellowship time following worship?
- Praying for others is a true and deep ministry. Praying for others _and then following up _is an even better ministry. Few things are more precious and encouraging than finding out that someone has been praying for you through the week and wants to find out how God is answering prayer. If you're praying for someone today, let them know and ask them what God is doing!