I love to encourage people and I like to be encouraged by others also. One of my frequent prayers is Lord; cause me to be an encourager to others. During the weekend I was at the local skate park and noticed a father sitting down drinking some beer while watching his daughter ride. I then noticed how they sat together and interacted with each other as father and daughter.
As they were leaving; I said to him. Do you mind if I say something to you; and then told him that I had noticed how he and his daughter interacted and from one dad to another I wanted to say well done. His response was fantastic.
He seemed to grow before my eyes 4 inches taller and stood high. He shook my hand; telling me he was separated and only saw his daughter every 2nd weekend and made an interesting remark…I do my best; I make mistakes…there is no rule book in how to be a dad. ..he made that comment about the rule book a number of times. They then rode off on their bike and scooter.
Paul tells us to encourage each other on a daily or regular basis and we can learn a lot from Paul in how he encouraged others through prayer. For Paul not only told people he was praying for them; he told them how he was praying. This is something I have tried to develop in my own life; to personally pray with people and if that is not possible; I send them a note telling them how I am praying for them.
It’s comforting to know people are praying and indeed there are times in my life when I can feel the prayers of people praying for me. Today my prayer for you is that no matter what your going through; that you will know the love of God. May his love shape and inform your lives. May you know that he causes good to work out from all situations and strengthen you with joy,