Who Are You Praying For?

Bruce Menning

READ : 1 Thessalonians 5:21-22

Rejoice always, pray without ceasing. (1 Thessalonians 5:16-17)

Several pastors of rural churches in the Diocese of Kerala of the Church of South India had been waiting for the overdue delegation of pastors from the Reformed Church in America. In spite of a lengthy delay, the delegation was welcomed with characteristic Indian hospitality complete with flower garlands and formal introductions. The Indian pastors particularly wanted to honor this delegation because missionaries from the Reformed Church in America had first shared the gospel with their ancestors 150 years ago.

“Your missionaries bought our freedom,” the pastors explained. Their forebears had been the absolute lowest of the low, virtual slaves in India’s caste system. The missionaries literally paid for their freedom, then bought a large tract of land and gave it to the freedmen to farm and garden for a living. The story brought the visiting delegation to tears. And then amidst the tears the Indian pastors humbly said, “For 150 years, we have prayed every day without exception for the Reformed Church in America.”

It gives one pause. In what wonderful and mysterious ways might the unknown, faithful prayers of brothers and sisters on the other side of the world be sustaining you or me throughout our lives?


Lord, as I am prayed for by others, may my prayers also bless brothers and sisters in Christ. Amen.