Last week’s focus ended with “Encouragement” ; we continue with that for this week.
Visitation (Encouragement through Visitation)
Physical presence is even better than cards and phone calls – for many people.
Take a friend and visit some who missed church.
My wife would say, “Just show up!”
I would say, “Call ahead first!”
Not everyone has the social skills and conversation gifts that make impromptu visitation do-able. Those of us who don’t have such skills need to pair up with the gifted.
Prayer Support is an activity that has only one requisite skill: Willing to pray.
It is my observation that there are 3 Kinds of Prayer:
1) 9-1-1 Emergency… when the need is obviously past the intervention of a friend:
Physical illness that is life-threatening;
Emotional extremes that need a professional/therapist;
Spiritual rebellion that is knowingly pursued.
2) Systematic – the routine of private devotions:
Just you and God talking with each other.
A pattern of talking with God based on your friendship and personal needs.
3) Intercessory for known needs- beyond the routines of private prayer.
Encouragement for yourself in times of stress and discouragement.
Healing for yourself or a friend. When you are certain that healing is the will of God.
For Felt Needs of another individual;
Perhaps someone who has asked you to pray for him or her
Encouragement and strength for a friend or pastor/leader.
(Additional Focus on Prayer next week.)
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