Individual Needs and God’s Larger Purposes
By Derek Melanson
Almost every week I do the same thing while leading Sunday morning worship – I take prayer requests. And these requests, which form part of my pastoral prayer, often fol- low a definite pattern. Virtually every week
most of these prayer requests revolve around those with
physical needs, whether those who are sick or have upcoming surgeries or other medical procedures.
Many requests have to do with our needs – prayers
for work, travelling mercies, wisdom in the face of hard
decisions. This should not surprise us. Such experiences
form the warp and woof of our everyday lives.
Prayers of this kind also give us the important and
profound opportunity to share our burdens with one
another and bring them before the Lord Jesus, to seek
from Him and from one another the strength and peace
we need to deal with life’s varied circumstances.
Attentiveness to Scripture, however, can also remind
us we shouldn’t confine our prayers to our needs. God
also intends our prayers to be one of the ways we partici-
pate in His larger purposes.