“Pray for me”- Could be three of the most costly words anyone can say. They are expensive because they cost us our vanity and require a hefty endowment of humility. It takes a lot for us to ask for prayer. Many times we can underestimate the value of asking for prayer and the power in praying for one another. Prayer can become the last resort instead of our GO TO.
1 Timothy 2:1-5 says, "I urge, then, first of all, that requests, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for everyone - for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. This is good, and pleases God our Savior, who wants all men to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth. For there is one God and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus."
We are exhorted to pray for others - including our country's leaders, our authorities at work and elsewhere, our church leaders, our co-workers, friends, and family. We are admonished to pray for those who may never ask us for prayer.
Of course that means praying for those with which we agree and with those we do not. We have reached a point where we should be able to pray for loved ones and enemies just the same. For both are in need of peace and God’s blessing.
During this time of fasting and prayer it would be good to add a consistency and order to our daily prayer. Whenever a name comes to mind- write it down and pray for them. And if by the end of your day you haven’t thought of anyone in particular- ask God to show you who needs to be covered. He will be faithful to lay someone on your heart. You don’t have to have a specific need in mind. Simply pray that peace that surpasses all understanding would invade their heart and bring them comfort. Pray that the peace of God that takes a life that feels so scattered and puts it all back together- would overshadow them and elevate their lives.
As you remember others in prayer today and in the coming week- remember that your name is being whispered in prayer as well!
Instead of a song suggestion - today we would love to recommend a truly brilliant, hilarious and moving film entitled, WAR ROOM. It is absolutely a MUST SEE! Not only will it direct the steps we should take in prayer but illuminates the POWER of PRAYER!
QUOTE OF THE DAY: BECAUSE HE BENDS DOWN TO LISTEN, I WILL PRAY AS LONG AS I HAVE BREATH. Psalm 116:2
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