Rose had leukemia. She knew she was different from the rest of her family members. She had her uncertainties and fears. She prayed every day. One would expect that her prayers would be “God heal me of this condition…”. But no. Her prayers were “God, bless my parents. Give them long life and prosperity. God bless my sisters. Make them fulfill their purpose on earth. God protect my brothers. May they always be protected and live according to your will. God bless my friends…”
Amazing, isn’t it. I wondered, if I was her, would I do same? My prayers would probably be focused on what I want for myself.
In This 2009, We Will Pray For Others.
What is Prayer?
Prayer is communication with God. It is the interaction of the soul with God, not in reflection or meditation, but in direct address to Him. Prayer may be oral or mental, occasional or constant, blurted out or formal.
Prayer assumes a belief in the personality of God and His ability and willingness to hold communication with us.
Acceptable prayer must be sincere, offered with reverence and godly fear, in humility, with earnest petition, and with unhesitating submission to the divine will. Prayer must also be offered in the faith that God is, and is the hearer and answerer of prayer, and that He will fulfill his word.
Some people feel inadequate because they lack experience and/or expertise in praying for others. Prayer need not be complicated or long and drawn out. It can be simple and to the point, just as a child would ask his father for something good. Consider how Moses prayed for Miriam’s healing from leprosy: “So Moses cried out to the LORD, "O God, please heal her!"” (Numbers 12:13 NIV). God answered the prayer and healed her after seven days [From Reference 4 below].
Why Pray for Others? Reasons and Benefits
Praying for others is same as intercession.
1. When we pray for others, we seize the opportunity to express God’s love to people.
Jesus tells us “You have heard that it has been said you shall love your neighbour and hate your enemy, but I say to you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them who despitefully use you, and persecute you” [Matthew 5: 43-44].
2. When we pray for others it releases the power of God into their lives. [James 4:2].
3. When we pray for others, it helps us build a build love for them, chases away envy, and cleanses our hearts of unforgiveness. It has a transforming power. You will find yourself caring for someone who hurt you, loving someone who abused you, and having a changed attitude towards someone you never thought you could cope with. You even show more love to people you love.
4. When we pray for others, it removes our focus off our circumstances. It helps us not to worry. Our Heavenly Father knows what we need so ultimately He will grant us the desires of our heart.
Should we pray for 1) people we assume are better off than we are and 2) People we assume are more in tune with God than we are?
Yes to 1, because you do not know what everyone needs or is going through despite their outward appearance.
And yes to 2, because even men of God need our prayers. Paul asked the Thessalonians, “Brethren, pray for us” [1 Thessalonians 5:25]
Moreover as for me, God forbid that I should sin against the LORD in ceasing to pray for you [1 Samuel 12:23].
Let Brotherly Love Continue…
“Heavenly Father, thank you that you hear my prayers and that I am counted as righteous in your sight through the blood of Jesus. Please give me the desire to pray for others and teach me how to pray in faith. Please show me who to pray for and the words to say for the person. Please also show me who I can connect with for prayer. Thank you, Father! I praise you now and forever, In Jesus Name, Amen.” [Modified from prayer at http://www.porn-free.org/Devotions/devotion_intercession.htm]
1.People Need the Lord Part Four: Praying for Others http://www.lakeridgeumc.org/media/sermons/4-20-2008.pdf
2.What Intercession does for the pray-er http://net-burst.net/pray/benefits.htm
3.On Praying for others and ourselves http://www.quakersong.org/praying_for_others/