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It was a small thing but also a really big thing. During worship yesterday, the pastor began the congregational prayer by lifting up the accountants and bookkeepers. 

Thank you, Jesus, for the order they bring...their attention to for numbers...

Lord, give them strength...a good night's sleep...encouragement...

I'm not a bookkeeper or accountant, but my sister-in-law is. And this time of year is grueling. She puts in long, long hours for months at a time. While my sister-in-law didn't hear the prayer, I'm sure other bookkeepers and accountants did (and so did the people that love them). 

What a gift the pastor gave by seeing and praying for this extension of the body. What might it look like to make this a regular practice? Not just for the accountants, of course, but to pray as a body, corporately, for fellow members in busy seasons, hard seasons, joyful seasons. To be seen is no small thing. 

Perhaps this is regularly done at your church already. But for me, it was a new thing. Have similar corporate prayers been offered at your church?


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