When we pray for others, does God expect anything more?

    Published: 06-16-2009
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    Pastor Rock Schuler discusses how to live a spiritual and prayerful life, including what we should do to pray for others.

    Rock Schuler

    Rock 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: When we pray for other people does God expect us to do anything more for them?

    Rev. Dr. Rock Schuler: I believe it is often the case that when we pray for somebody God asks us to do something for them as well. When I was a young seminarian, not even yet ordained to priest, there was an older priest who was my mentor. He was retired and he was still serving in parishes on a part time basis. He put me under his wing and he said that when he prayed he always left that prayer with the feeling that God had called him to do something, had given him some task on behalf of the person for whom he prayed. God often would look to us, to come to the need of someone that we pray for. Maybe that is just making a phone call to them or dropping them a note or letting them know that we offered a prayer on their behalf, maybe it's something more than that. We are the hands of God and if we expect Gods prayers to be answered in the world we need to play a role in the answering of those prayers.