Rock SchulerRock Schuler is the Rector (Pastor) of St. John’s Episcopal Church in Olney, Maryland. He has served as an ordained minister of the Episcopal Church since 1990 after studying for the priesthood at Seabury-Western Theological Seminary in Evanston, Illinois. He was awarded a Doctorate of Ministry in Congregational Development in 2002. In the course of his ministry, Rock has served on an Indian Reservation, in rural Wyoming, and in major suburban areas. In addition to pastoring the people of his congregation, he has been involved in community service projects to serve the homeless, refugees, and the addicted. He’s also been involved in international outreach projects in Latin America and Africa. Rock’s spiritual roots lie in the early Christian Church, in Native American spirituality, in the liturgical worship and traditions of the Episcopal Church, and most especially in his own personal relationship with the living Lord Jesus Christ. He appreciates the mystery and mysticism of the Christian faith while offering thanks for a lifelong and joyous love of Jesus. Rock, born in 1965, is from Wyoming, where he served his first two churches. He is married to Jennifer, whom he met while serving a parish outside of Philadelphia, and has two beautiful daughters, Leia and Rebecca. Rock is into science fiction and fantasy (especially "Battlestar Galactica," "Star Trek," "Lost," and "The Lord of the Rings"), movies, reading, kayaking/canoeing, hiking, and running.
Host: What about praying for other people?
Rev. Dr. Rock Schuler: Absolutely, the kind of prayer where we pray for other people is conversational prayer or what we call simple prayer. It is just talking to the God about the needs of the people that we care about, we ask God to help them, to heal them, to bless them, to be with them, to strengthen them. This kind of prayer is called Intercessory prayer. We are interceding for people that we care about or people that God has laid upon our heart.
This kind of intercessory prayer is vividly demonstrated in the movie 'Bruce Almighty,' you see it a lot in that movie and there is that wonderful scene towards to end of the movie were Bruce is in heaven, God is meeting right after Bruce has been hit by the truck on the highway and God comes up to him and says you can pray for any thing you want. Bruce gives some sort of a typical canned prayer to end world hunger or create world peace or something like that and God says, Come on, you can do better than that. Pray from your heart, pray for something that you care about. That is when Bruce prays about the woman he loves, he prays that someone will come in to her life who will love her so powerfully that, that person will see her with the eyes of God. He prays for the woman he loves with passion, God says, Now that is a prayer. That is what intercessory prayer is all about, praying for other people with passion.