I do not cease to give thanks for you as I remember you in my prayers. (Eph 1:16)
An incorrect idea about prayer can become prevalent – that prayer is just between the individual and God. This enhances the stereotype of God as ‘indulgent parent’ handing out ‘goodies’ if we ‘ask nicely’. This passage is very much about community – the body of Christ. This passage is about appreciating the goodness in others. Thus prayer is about relationships – with God and others.
It has long been a tradition in the Church to pray for others. They might be a departed loved one, someone who is in need of love and mercy, someone for whom we wish to give thanks or maybe someone with whom we wish to have a better relationship. I’m sure we each have stories of those prayers being answered. Encouraging such prayerful habits in our young people provides the constant reminder that it is about we – not just me.
Have a great week!