The Upper Room 2 May 2022 Daily Devotional | No Distance in Prayer

The Upper Room 2 May 2022 Daily Devotional
The Upper Room 2 May 2022 Daily Devotional for Monday Message. Read The Upper Room 2 May 2022 Daily Devotional by Cletus L. Hull III (Pennsylvania, USA)

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TOPIC: No Distance in Prayer

TODAY’S READING
Matthew 8:5-13

KEY VERSE: Jesus said, “Where two or three are gathered in my name, I am there among them.” – Matthew 18:20 (NRSV)

The Upper Room 2 May 2022 Daily Devotional MESSAGE

When I served as a pastor at a church in Pennsylvania, someone called me with a personal concern. As the conversation ended, I asked if I could pray with him. Sounding surprised, he asked, “Can we do that over the phone?” Praying over the phone was new for him. Maybe it doesn’t sound strange to us today, but it’s easy to resist at first that which is different. But we prayed, and God did the rest.

Every generation creates new ways of expressing love for Christ. As a pastor, I am always searching for innovative ways to reach people. Social media has become the new way to proclaim the same message: Jesus and his redeeming love for us on the cross.

We hear this word from Matthew’s Gospel: “Where two or three are gathered in my name, I am there among them.” Christ is the glue that binds us even through our new technologies.

Years ago, I heard another phrase that stuck with me, and I think about it when I pray with people over the phone or on social media: “There is no distance in prayer.” Because of Christ, we have a strong connection holding us together!

TODAY’S PRAYER
Dear Lord, remind us that you can draw us together in community no matter the physical distance between us. In your holy name we pray. Amen.

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY
There is no distance in prayer.

PRAYER FOCUS
Churches working with new technology

The Upper Room 2 May 2022 Daily Devotional Message. The Upper Room is a daily devotional magazine published in more than 30 languages and 100 countries around the world. The daily meditations are written by readers of the magazine and others interested in sharing their faith experiences through writing—both laity and clergy, published authors and new writers. The meditations are stories of real people working to live faithfully with the Bible as their touchstone. Every day, readers of The Upper Room around the world read the same story in many different languages and pray the same prayer together. Read More

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