Matt Rawlings, is a Christian brother who has asked us to pray. You can read about everything that is going on with him at the link but the short version is he’s stuck on bed rest and is looking to go through his 4th surgery in a year.
While I’ve never had the opportunity to meet Matt, the interactions I’ve had with him on his blog, through Facebook, and by listening to his sermons have greatly impacted me. I’m more-or-less a nobody who randomly started writing to him and he’s taken the time to encourage and promote me as I work through life and faith.
He is a man of God, an insightful movie/TV critic, and a bibliophile who’s recommended more amazing books than I’ll ever read (though that hasn’t stopped me from adding them to my Amazon Wishlist).
He’s a pastor who loves the least of these and who responds to hardship with humility and grace. He challenges everyone he meets to serve and honor God in hardship.
He’s fiercely dedicated to the Word of God, the Love of God, and true apologetics.
He loves politics and reminds me that Christians are suppose to be in the world.
Ultimately, he’s a man I’d like to see well and continuing the good work.
Will you pray with me?
Pray that as he suffers through this hardship that he would trust in God and be grateful for the impact he is able to have from his bed rest. Pray for his wife, that she would know both the love her husband and the love of the Father and that she would never be forgotten by the body of Christ. Pray for his son, who is still fairly young and probably struggles to understand what’s going on with his dad. Pray that Matt’s suffering would be used by God to teach his son about humility, love, and total obedience to the Father. Pray for the leadership in his church who have stepped up to the plate and have not abandoned him (something I have seen at far too many churches).
But most of all, Pray that Matt’s wounds are healed and that the pain he suffers will go away. I believe that God answers prayers and does miracles.