Sunday morning I awoke early and spent time outside on my porch reading the Bible and praying as part of my preparation to attend worship services later that day. During my time with the Lord I felt a burden to pray for my friend Ken, who I have not seen in several years. Ken and I stay in contact via email, but had not talked in several months.
I was not sure why I felt suddenly burdened to pray for Ken, but I obeyed the prompting of the Spirit and prayed. I sent Ken a message on Facebook letting him know I was praying for him that morning. Two days later I received an email reply to my Facebook message. Ken explained in his email how much it meant that I was praying for him at that particular time because he had been admitted to the hospital a few hours earlier with a possible heart attack. At the time I prayed he was anxiously awaiting a doctor to come in to consult with him. He is now back home and both he and I are thanking God for calling people to pray through the Spirit in Ken's time of need.
This experience reminded me afresh of the importance of listening to the Spirit. I wish that I always listened that closely to the Spirit. Regretfully, I often do not. Lord, help me to learn to listen to Your Spirit more closely. Amen.