Re:Verse passage – Ephesians 6:17-20 (day three)

“Be on the alert with all perseverance and petition for all the saints.”

Some folks will tell others what’s really going on in their lives; many – perhaps most – will not. There are reasons for this: shame, fear, regret, confusion, distrust, or the like. Sometimes groups – even a church – will place a high value on conformity, which dissuades people from inviting each other into their questions, doubts, heartaches, and failures. How then can a church care for one another? Paul says to remain alert. Tune in to a person’s words, both spoken and unspoken. Is someone speaking about God’s goodness and yet clenching his or her fists? You have a clue about how to pray for that person. And that’s true when someone sees such body language in you. As we pay attention to each other, we can pray for each other.

Author: Bryan Richardson

Bryan Richardson is the Associate Pastor for Counseling and Pastoral Ministries at FBCSA.

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