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Faithful To Pray
10/29/2015

...praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints— Ephesians 6:18 (NKJV)

When was the last time someone asked you to pray for him or her?  How about the last time you asked someone to pray for you about something specific?  All too often I will hear people close out a conversation by saying, “I will pray for you.”  This is great to hear, but it would be even better if they simply said, “Let me pray for you right now…” and then began praying right then and there for the person in need. 

I will often have people casually ask me to pray for them about something—it can be within a conversation in person, or on the phone, and even through email—it’s like, “Hey if you think about it, can you pray for me about…” I will usually try to pray for them right then and there.  Now to be fair, there are a couple of reasons I find myself doing this.  The first is my memory—or shall I say my decreasing memory?

The second reason I will pray for someone as soon as I hear their need is, they asked right then and they are obviously in need, so why wait? Even if what they are asking me to pray about is something in the future, they’re asking me now.  I believe if we are willing to be faithful to pray for others in this manner, then God will actually guide those in need to us so we can pray for them. We are told in the book of Ephesians, to be watchful and to persevere in praying for other believers (Eph. 6:18), which means we are to be looking for opportunities to pray, and not be thwarted in our diligence.   

I want to encourage you to look for opportunities this week to pray for others.  Watch and see what an amazing blessing it is to them as you take a few moments and stop and ask them if there is anything you can pray for them about.   Even if they don’t have any specific needs, then simply pray a blessing over their life.   For example, let’s say I was praying for Jim, I would pray something like this:

“Dear Heavenly Father, we thank You for Your amazing love and mercy upon our lives.  We thank You for allowing Jesus to die upon the cross for our sin.   Father, I pray that You would bless Jim in what he puts his hands to today and that he would feel Your presence greatly, and be drawn unto You.  I ask this in Jesus’ precious name, amen…”

I have found when I pray for others I am given a great opportunity to bless them, and to even witness or speak into their life through the prayer itself.  As we look for these opportunities we will begin to see them all around us, and we will soon be known as loving people who pray and care.

I want to encourage you to think and pray upon these things today.

STUDY QUESTION: According to Ephesians 6:18, what can we learn about praying for others?

PERSONAL INVENTORY: Are you willing to look for opportunities to pray for others today?

PRACTICAL APPLICATION: Ask the Lord to use you each day to pray for others in need. 

LET’S MAKE THIS OUR PRAYER TODAY: Father, thank You for allowing me to come directly to You through Jesus as I pray for others.  Father, I pray for those who are reading this devotional today.  I pray that You would increase them in a rich love for others.   I pray that You would establish their hearts blameless in holiness, and I pray You would lead them to pray for others mightily this week.  I pray they would experience Your presence and joy in a greater way.  In Jesus’ precious name, amen…

Be Blessed, Pastor Scott

 

 


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