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Praying for Others–Part 3

February 27, 2020
By Joshua Stines


Have you ever noticed how doing something with love has greater results than it does when performed without the presence of it? Whether it be cooking a recipe to performing a simple chore, it just seems to be much better when done with love. 

Prayer is no exception. "If we genuinely love people," writes Foster, "we desire for them far more than it is within our power to give, and that will cause us to pray" (Foster 1998, 40). The love behind our prayers pushes us and those for whom we are praying into the arms of the One who can give so much more than what we could ever ask or imagine. 

Over the last several weeks, we have been focusing on what it means for us to be all in when it comes to praying for others. Love can help us do that. And the above pictures are examples of people over the last few weeks who prayed with love. At the Puyallup Early Learning Center, students prayed for a student who was preparing for a minor surgery (We Are ALL IN, Committed to Praying for Others!). At the high school, staff, students, and faculty gathered around senior Parker Johnson (Serving Both On and Off the Court) to pray for God's leading for his future on the day he signed for college. Both of these are very large requests. But with love, anything is possible with God. 

Next time you pray for others, pray with love. When you pray with love, you become dependent on the One who loves us more than we could ever think, dream, or imagine and who ultimately wants the best for us.  

As we look ahead to the remainder of the school year, some things you can pray about are the junior high building, which begins construction today as well as our Vision 2030, which was shared at the State of the School address this past week. See State of the School recap by clicking here


Foster, Richard. Celebration of Discipline: The Path to Spiritual Growth. New York: HarperCollins Publishers, 1998.