This is part 4 in a six-part series on Prayer. Listen here or scroll down to keep reading.
Who isn’t thinking about this?! And can I tell you who loves it? The Enemy.
The Enemy loves this whole social distancing thing because physical distance can turn to emotional distance which can turn to spiritual distance. And then we are isolated with nothing but our doubts and fears and worries skittering around in our heads. And THAT is where The Enemy thrives.
Which is why prayer is so important at all times, but especially in these times.
Yes: prayer is our weapon. Yes: prayer is our armor. And yes: prayer is our spiritual communion.
This is a term that I just swiped from my cousin, Edie, who is an Episcopal priest. While we can’t be in physical communion, while we can’t receive Holy Communion, we can still be in spiritual communion.
And this is the very nature of prayer. Prayer links our souls. When someone says, “I’m praying for you” it means that they are thinking of you. That your concerns, fears, and anxieties are theirs — they are sharing that burden! You two are linked in a spiritual communion.
But you, beloved, build yourselves up on your most holy faith; pray in the Holy Spirit; keep yourselves in the love of God; look forward to the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ that leads to eternal life.Jude 1:20-21
And therefore, prayer is a way for us to be the Body of Christ even when we are far apart.
It is a way of linking us together in a great spiritual web of love and hope. The feature image for this post is from a Facebook post where a priest asked his flock to send in their pictures so that he could picture them while he was praying for them. I think it is a beautiful picture!
In these days, my friends, pray. Pray for our leaders. Pray for your neighbors. Pray for other states, other countries. Pray. And picture your friends, your neighbors, those you don’t even know. And in this, we will stave off isolation and The Enemy.