A woman and her husband interrupted their vacation to go to the dentist. "I want a tooth pulled, and I don't want novocaine because I'm in a big hurry," the woman said. "Just extract the tooth as quickly as possible, and we'll be on our way." The dentist was quite impressed. "You're certainly a courageous woman," he said. "Which tooth is it?" The woman turned to her husband and said, "Show him your tooth, dear."
13 Is anyone among you suffering? Let him pray. Is anyone cheerful? Let him sing psalms. 14 Is anyone among you sick? Let him call for the elders of the church, and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord. 15 And the prayer of faith will save the sick, and the Lord will raise him up. And if he has committed sins, he will be forgiven.” James 5:13-15
I’ve really been blessed lately in my Growth Groups as I’ve witnessed genuine love expressed in prayer time. Real love suffers long and is kind, (I Cor. 13:4). So, when we have someone in our life suffering with sickness or disease or relationship problems, if we love them, we suffer right beside them. If we love someone, we are going to be a little sensitive toward them, notice their struggles, aware of their needs, praying for them and encouraging them. This is what it means to be part of a body, part of a family. I have challenged one of my Growth Groups to pray with each other through the week and to make it their mission to be a blessing to someone in our church.
Can you imagine the impact this kind of lifestyle would have on our community if all of us cared enough for each other to pray fervently and serve each other? What keeps us from doing this? Our pride or self-importance? We’re too busy, we’re too important, we’re afraid it’s going to cost us too much. Prayer and ministry are not burdens to bear, but the door to blessings. We’ve been invited to the party, are you too busy to come in?