Image courtesy of ArvindBalaraman/
Image courtesy of ArvindBalaraman/

Jesus told us, “For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.” (Matthew 18:20)

This is particularly powerful when you think of prayer with others. Of course, God is with us at all times, never leaving, always loving. But the image of Jesus being “in the midst of” us when we pray with others is, well, almost palpable. And it brings up another image, too: Jesus as friend.

Indeed, when we pray, whether with others or alone, we are not merely reciting words or tossing thoughts and desires, sins and praise, into the ether, the nebulous “beyond.” Rather, we are conversing with and listening to a dear friend, one who is “in our midst,” one who forgives, comforts, loves, and lifts up.

The next time you pray, think of Jesus as that friend who is right next to you, not far, always ready to respond.

What a difference that makes!




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