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Weekly devotional: Praying together

Sept. 24, 2021

Contributed by 'Alohi Bikle

Ka Ipu o Lono shares weekly devotionals to provide spiritual enrichment to members of the Kamehameha Schools ‘ohana. For more inspiration, visit the KS “Our faith” website.

Heluhelu Baibala
Eia hou, Ke ʻōlelo aku nei hoʻi au iā ʻoukou,
 inā paha ʻelua o ʻoukou ma ka honua nei
e manaʻo like i kekahi mea a lāua e noi ai,
e hāʻawi ʻia aku hoʻi ia na lāua e koʻu Makua i ka lani.
No ka mea, ma kahi e hālāwai ai nā mea
ʻelua a ʻekolu paha ma koʻu inoa,
ma laila hoʻi au i waena pū me lākou.
– Mataio 18:19-20

Jesus said, “Again, truly I tell you that if two
of you on earth agree about anything they ask for,
it will be done for them by my Father in heaven.
For where two or three gather in my name,
 there am I with them.”
– Matthew 18:19-20

He manaʻo o ke kahu
This week has been a difficult one for me. It started on Monday morning when my phone began going off the hook as I received numerous phone calls from family, friends, co-workers, and students who needed prayer. Now, don’t get me wrong, I am created for this, and the posture of prayer comes easy for me, but even I realize that there is only so much that I can do in this spiritual arena. Especially when some of the requests are life and death matters that will impact a family.

So, last year we created a prayer group that meets once a week. We are bonified prayer warriors who tend to be the heartbeat of our school, our families, our community, and beyond. When we all gathered on ZOOM, I am certain that we would make a decent mixed-league senior citizen softball team. Since I am the oldest, I would probably be the pitcher, but that would only be for our fantasy team. Seriously speaking, our prayer group keeps me encouraged and inspired.

We start logging in at 2:45 p.m. and we will take time to check in with each other while we document our petitions of prayer on our online prayer list. This shared document covers everything from the noi, or request, to the hoʻonani, or blessing. Most times we are done by 4 p.m. but we have gone longer because some weeks are more hectic than others.

However, once we have all the petitions listed and we are ready to begin praying there is this quiet confidence that exudes great faith, that God is with us. Our Lord has prepared our hearts to become one. Our Savior has prepared our minds to be in unity and our thoughts are aligned with our blessed Redeemer. We agree with each other and Jesus is with us, Jesus is leading the way, Jesus is praying with us. What a glorious promise to behold.

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