A year ago, a dear Pastor of ours gave a sermon called: Stop, Drop, and Pray.
In fire safety, we are taught to stop, drop, and roll if we realize we are on fire.
In our spiritual lives, we need to stop, drop, and pray when we realize our lives are in a fiery furnace of doubt, pain, and suffering.
Last night a dear friend shared a fiery furnace of pain that is happening in his family's life. Our church softball team stopped, dropped what we were doing, and surrounded him in prayer right there in the softball dugout.
I've been praying for him and his family every few hours since then.
If you or someone you know is feeling the heat of painful circumstances, I encourage you to stop, drop, and pray. Don't promise to do it later, just stop, drop, and pray right then and there. It could save your life, or the life of a friend, in a way that truly, deeply matters.
"Pray continually." 1 Thessalonians 5:17
"Is any one of you in trouble? He should pray. Is anyone happy? Let him sing songs of praise. Is any one of you sick? He should call the elders of the church to pray over him and anoint him with oil in the name of the Lord. And the prayer offered in faith will make the sick person well; the Lord will raise him up. If he has sinned, he will be forgiven. Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a rightous man is powerful and effective." James 5:13-16