what have people heard about your faith and work for Christ?
some time was spent this am praying for the folks i'm privileged to serve with in a variety of capacities - church, non-profit, professional. i prayed for blessing, favor, health, and other good things. as i read this passage, it began to help me shift "how" i pray for others. besides personal gain, it's been a while since i prayed for the gain of Christ and His Kingdom through my friends/co-workers and their relationships. may the gospel and our love for the saints be what we are remembered most for.
often times i'll find myself chatting more about family, sports, poker, fantasy football, or sports talk more so than the gospel. none of these bad things. my concern mainly was with myself and how the gospel is not normally a priority. if that's true for me, then what about all of those around me? what if it's true for them?
my prayer time needs to severely change because of this thought. obviously, personal need and requests for self and others are not bad. they cannot, however, always be the priority of my personal time with Christ. "Your will be done." His will is the Gospel to those in our lives...fact!
the Gospel in the everyday is waiting to be responded to.
"We can lead other only as far along the road as we ourselves have traveled. Merely pointing the way is not enough. If we are not walking, then no one can be following, and we are not leading anyone." - J. Oswald Sanders