Making Mention in Prayer

swaddligHave you ever notice how many times Paul writes, “making mention of you in our prayers?” He does so In the books of Romans, Ephesians, Colossians (through Philemon) and Thessalonians.  It doesn’t mean that Paul is praying for hours on end, he just might mention them by name as he prays, “Lord, thank you for the brethren in Ephesus, for example, bless them today.”  

My mother once told me how she would wrap me up in a cover when I was a baby; they call it swaddling. Some modern medical studies indicate that swaddling helps babies fall asleep and to remain asleep. As a young child, they would tuck me into bed by lifting the mattress and pulling the sheet in tight, so that I felt safe, secure and couldn’t move.

Prayer functions in the same way, surrounding people in prayer, providing a covering, safety and security as we mention their names before the Lord, recognizing that the Lord has placed them in our hearts and on our minds for a reason.  don’t know about you, but I’ll take all the prayer covering I can get. Today as I sleep, Ann tells me that I cocoon myself in the sheets and blankets. Some things never change.

About Terry Threadwell

Dr. Terry Threadwell has thirty five years ministry experience. Author, educator and Director of the Institute of Progressive Pentecostal Studies.
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