I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men;” 1 Timothy 2:1 KJV
As I look around the world and talk to different people, God is showing me more and more how much I need to intercede for others. There are so many people around us, that we know, who are suffering with so much. There are many that are lost, and blind to the truth and sometimes the only thing we can do is pray for them. I don’t mean a simple “Lord bless them”, I mean on our faces, crying out to God as we would for when we pray for ourselves. If I can be completely honest, I know that we as believers don’t pray enough for others. We get so wrapped up in our own problems and our selfish desires. We neglect the lost and hurting souls surrounding us that need the power that God has invested in us to come forth in our prayer closets.
Another honesty moment: When I used to pray, I had to stop because of the conviction I felt of not mentioning my family enough, not calling out the names of those who I work with enough, and not praying for this nation enough. I became so focused on getting my own prayer of issues through, that God had already told me was taken care of.
We can get answers to our prayers, but if we don’t see the manifestation of God’s Word immediately, we can become impatient or even doubtful. However, FAITH, is the solution to that dilemma.
“Delight thyself also in the LORD; and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart.” Psalm 37:4 KJV
See, when you are confident in The Lord and confident in His Word, your prayer life will show it. You will believe when God says that He is your shepherd and you shall not want. So whatever we are seeking God for, the desires we place before Him, and the concerns we lay at His feet, are taken care of. When you mature in Christ, you began to spend more time interceding on behalf of others than petitioning selfish prayers. You won’t waste time casting the same cares upon Him over and over again, because you already know what you have prayed for is under control.
- When’s the last time you prayed for your sick family member, or your co-worker that always comes into work with drama?
- When’s the last time you prayed for your pastor or your church members?
- When was the last time you can recall when you cried out for the lost souls in this world?
I’ll admit at times I find myself neglecting the power God gave me to intercede for others as much as I should due to selfish prayers. I made up in my mind to be trust God and His Word and answer His call. God’s calling for more intercessory prayers in these perilous times, will you accept the call?