More wisdom from Bonhoeffer

prayingI mentioned last week that I am receiving daily thoughts from Dietrich Bonhoeffer. Not directly, that would be impossible as he died at the end of WW2. But through segments of his writings sent to me in a daily email (from Bible Gateway). Yesterday’s words spoke volumes. See what you think.

Intercessory prayer is also a daily service Christians owe to God and one another. Those who deny their neighbors prayers of intercession deny them a service Christians are called to perform. Furthermore, it is clear that intercessory prayer is not something general and vague, but something very concrete. It is interested in specific persons and specific difficulties and therefore specific requests. The more concrete my intercessory prayer becomes the more promising it is…

All this proves that intercessory prayer is a gift of God’s grace for every Christian community and for every Christian. Because God has made us such an immeasurably great offer here, we should accept it joyfully. The very time we give to intercession will turn out to be a daily source of new joy in God and in the Christian congregation.

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