But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us. (Rom. 5:8)

PRAYER SHAWL MINISTRIES involve women knitting or crocheting prayer shawls for hurting people. These people may be physically, mentally, or emotionally hurting and in need of a tangible reminder that someone is praying for them. When we are so burdened that even praying is difficult to do, what a blessing it is to know there are others who are lifting us up before the throne of grace. The ladies pray for people while they are picking out the yarn and pattern and while knitting or crocheting it. They are “praying it forward” for the person who will receive the shawl. It is a blessing to both the giver and receiver of the shawl.

Jesus paid it forward by coming to earth and dying on the cross for us. Galatians 4:4 tells us, “But when the time had fully come, God sent His Son . . . born under the law.” God sent His Son to die for the people who had already lived, were living, and the generations to come. In spite of our undesirable character, God sent His Son to die for our sins. Remember to thank Jesus for coming and dying for you personally!

We can continue to do the human part of praying it forward. Jesus has paid the supreme sacrifice by paying it forward with His life.

Pray it forward by interceding for a hurting person today.

Karen Doolaard lives in Michigan with her husband, John, where they attend Central Wesleyan Church. She is involved in the Prayer Shawl Ministry.

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