Hire
Writers
Editors
Home Read What's New Join
Faith
Writers
Forum
My Account Login
Shop
Save
Support
Book
Store
Learn
About
Jesus
  

Read Our Devotional             2016 Opportunities to be Published             Detailed Navigation

The HOME for Christian writers! The Home for Christian Writers!




 
Prayers PLEASE ENCOURAGE
AUTHOR BY COMMENTING


  LEAVE COMMENT ON ARTICLE   SEND A PRIVATE MESSAGE
  HIRE THIS WRITER
REPORT ARTICLE

 TRACK THIS AUTHOR ADD TO MY FAVORITES
corner
What's New
 
corner
 
Praying at the Dentist
by Dan Vander Ark
08/02/06
Free to Share
Author requests article critique


  Mail
 





Praying at the Dentist

A couple of weeks ago I had to go to the dentist to get tortured by Ivan-the-Pretty-Bad. He brought out the Novocain in a syringe as big as a horse’s leg and said with just a hint of glee, “Ve are goink to drill ze krater in ze tooth with ze purpose of cauzink you severe pain, and maybe ve vill also get rid of ze kavity!” Oh joy.

While Ivan-the-Pretty-Bad was drilling away (actually he’s a really good dentist that we’ve been going to for a long time), the Spirit of the Lord began to tug at my heart to pray for the church family. Honest, I am not kidding…with my lower lip feeling like it was the size of England and that horrible drilling sound going on, God wanted me to pray! So while the dentist was doing his thing and the tech person was sucking out every drop of water from my mouth with that dental version of a shop vac, I began going through the names of the church family and praying for them that God would bless and heal and restore and give direction and pour out His Holy Spirit abundantly upon them. When he was done I thought to myself, “Hey keep drilling – I ain’t done praying!”

Except for a couple of minor details, the above is true. And I want to strongly encourage you to “pray for one another.” When you focus on others and pray for them you always get through to the throne of grace. This doesn’t mean we aren’t supposed pray about our own needs…we are, and at times very earnestly (you read many, many times in the Psalms where David cried to God about his problems from the depths of his being with all the spiritual strength he could muster). But sincerely praying for others that Jesus would bless them richly does something inside of us - it helps to break the natural tendency to excessively focus upon “self” that afflicts us all.

When my wife and I visited the church in North Dakota where we had pastored in the 1980’s, one of the ladies showed me an article from the local paper that I had written in about 1988. She had kept it in her Bible all of these years. And it was a small article that dealt with this very subject of praying for one another. It was really a blessing to me to see that well-worn newspaper clipping and to see how she had underlined it and kept it for so long.

Pray for one another! Ask God to do in the hearts of others what you would want Him to do in your own heart! Remember, Job was released from the garbage dump of his circumstances when he prayed for his 3 “friends” (Job 42:10).


PLEASE ENCOURAGE AUTHOR BY COMMENTING
LEAVE COMMENT ON ARTICLE
Read more articles by Dan Vander Ark or search for other articles by topic below.




Read more by clicking on a link:
Free Reprints
Main Site Articles
Most Read Articles
Highly Acclaimed Challenge Articles.
New Release Christian Books for Free for a Simple Review.

NEW - Surprise Me With an Article - Click here for a random URL


God is Not Against You - He Came on an All Out Rescue Mission to Save You


...in Christ God was reconciling the world to himself, not counting their trespasses against them... 2 Cor 5:19

Therefore, my friends, I want you to know that through Jesus the forgiveness of sins is proclaimed to you. Acts 13:38

LEARN & TRUST JESUS HERE

The opinions expressed by authors do not necessarily reflect the opinion of FaithWriters.com.
 
corner
Corner
This article has been read 781 times     < Previous | Next >


Member Comments
Member Date




TRUST JESUS TODAY











Free Audio Bible
500 Plus Languages
Faith Comes By Hearing.com