“Be sure and call my name while you are at that”. The young man was restocking the shelves with some kind of patent medicine at Wall-Mart.

His puzzled look told me he didn’t have a clue what I was talking about. “Well, I just saw you down there on your knees praying so I thought I’d put in my request while you are at it”.

It was a good way for me to put in a good word for our Lord and to ask if this young fellow knew Him. And if he spent any time in conversation with the Savior. He sheepishly grinned and acknowledged that he does pray but that he should be doing it a lot more.

It also prompts me to ask if the matter of “UNSPOKEN” is a common response to the opening of prayer request time in your church. It is one of those things I’ve heard most of my life, growing up in church. But it is one of those things that I’ve never felt comfortable doing.   It seems to me that when you are among people you love and who love you, and if you are seriously in need of prayer, you can trust them enough to give them the information to pray intelligently. We certainly want to come to the Lord with specifics. None of this “and God bless the preacher” stuff, just tacked on our list. Have you ever wondered what you’d do if our Lord spoke back and said, “O K, I will. What does he need?”

When we pray for our pastor, let us call him by name. Let’s ask that He will give him wisdom and courage. And ask for strength and encouragement in his responsibilities as our leader.

When we pray for our church, let us pray that God will help us to be true to our calling; that we may effectively give our witness to the death, burial and resurrection of our Lord;  that we would be steadfast and faithful in our devotion to Him; that we would be a blessing and a help to our fellow believers

Finally, brethren, pray for us, that the word of the Lord may have free course, and be glorified. . . .” 2 Thessalonians 3:1