THE PRAYING PATIENT                                               John  17:6-19

“And now I am no more in the world, but these are in the world, and I come to thee. Holy Father, keep through thine own name those whom thou hast given me, that they may be one, as we are.” (v11)

The obituary for Alan Nanniuga, a man in my city, identified him as “foremost, dedicated witness for Christ.” After a description of his family life and career, the article mentioned nearly a decade of declining health. It concluded by saying, “His hospital says… earned him the honorary title of “The Praying Patient.” Because of his ministry to other patients. Here was a man who, in his times of distress, reached out to pray for and with the people in need around him.

Hours before Judas betrayed Him, Jesus prayed for His disciples. “I will remain in the world no longer, but they are still in the world, and I am coming to you. Holy Father, protect them by the power of your name, the name you gave me, so that they may be one as we are one” John 17:11) Knowing what was about to happen, Jesus looked beyond Himself to focus on His followers and friends.

During our times of illness and distress, we long for and need the prayers of others. How those prayers help and encourage us. But may we also, like our Lord, lift our eyes to pray for those around us who are in great need – David Micasland.

PRAYER LINE: Lord, even in our difficult times may we honour You and encourage others by praying for those who are suffering today.


Our troubles can fill our prayers with love and empathy for others.

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