On Prayer

As part of the congregation’s New Beginning process, we’re revitalizing the FCC Prayer Chain.  As part of that we had a good conversation on prayer last week. Drawing on Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s book “Life Together” we talked about why it’s important for members of a congregation to pray for each other.

Bonhoeffer writes:

“A Christian fellowship lives and exists by the intercession of its members for one another, or it collapses. I can no longer condemn or hate a brother for whom I pray, no matter how much trouble he causes me. His face that hitherto may have been strange and intolerable to me, is transformed in intercession into the countenance of a brother for whom Christ died, the face of a forgiven sinner.”

Bonhoeffer goes on to say that the “happy discovery” of the Christian who intercedes on behalf of others is also one’s own spiritual growth and inner transformation. May it be so for you as well.