Prayer for Others
by June Foster
I like to take time in the morning to read the Word and spend some time with the Lord. Then I pray for friends and family. Some, if I'm not sure of their salvation status, I lift them up before the Lord and reinforce my prayer with 1 Timothy 2:4. "The Lord wants all people to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth."
As each person drifted through my mind, I prayed for them. Then I hit a brick wall. One I'd prayed for multiple times in the past, came to mind. But tragically that person had died of cancer several months ago. The thought hit me. I could no longer pray for the individual. There's no hope after death.
Only God can judge a heart and only He knows where my family member is today. Maybe that person made a profession of faith earlier in life or on his deathbed. It wasn't for me to know. But the reality of the situation struck me. We only have this lifetime to receive God's grace through our Savior Jesus Christ. After death it's too late.
I think the situation has helped me to pray even more fervently for others. Ephesians 6:18 says to pray on all occasion with all kinds of prayers and requests. Salvation is a serious matter. Keep praying for others who may not know Him.
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Pharmacist Stephanie McCoy grew up in an opulent home with an aeronautical engineer father who never had time for her and a socialite mother who put clubs and charities before her daughter. Now as an adult, Stephanie's looking for affirmation—and affection in the wrong place. Only thing, the guy she pursues is a Christian with solid moral values. When her mother becomes ill, Stephanie can't imagine life without her.
Scott Townsend teaches history at the high school in Oak Mountain, Alabama, and lifts weights after school hours. His younger brother borrows a large sum from Scott's father then disappears. But after Scott's sibling returns penniless, Scott is furious at his parents' acceptance of their wayward son. When Scott is invited to a welcome-home celebration, he drives to the house but refuses to come inside though his father pleads with him.
After Scott confides in Stephanie about his bitterness toward his brother, the beautiful pharmacist offers Godly encouragement he never expected. Can Scott relinquish his pride and forgive his brother? Will Stephanie find faith in Scott's God and allow Him to heal her heart? The sequel to Letting Go, this story is loosely based on the Biblical parable of The Prodigal Son.
An award-winning author, June Foster is a retired teacher with a BA in education and MA in counseling. June's book Give Us This Day was a finalist in EPIC's eBook awards and a finalist in the National Readers Choice Awards for best first book. Ryan's Father was one of three finalists in the published contemporary fiction category of the Oregon Christian Writers Cascade Writing Contest and Awards. Deliver Us was a finalist in COTT's Laurel Awards.
June has written four novels for Desert Breeze Publishing. The Bellewood Series, Give Us This Day, As We Forgive, and Deliver Us, and Hometown Fourth of July. Ryan's Father is published by WhiteFire Publishing. Red and the Wolf, a modern-day retelling of Little Red Riding Hood, is available from Amazon.com. The Almond Tree series, For All Eternity, Echoes From the Past, What God Knew, and Almond Street Mission are available at Amazon.com. June enjoys writing stories about characters who overcome the circumstances in their lives by the power of God and His Word.
Recently June has seen publication of Christmas at Raccoon Creek, Lavender Fields Inn, Misty Hollow, Restoration of the Heart, and Letting Go. Visit June at junefoster.com.