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.
[tweetthis]We neglect the lost and hurting souls surrounding us that need the power that God has invested in us.[/tweetthis]
God tells us numerous times in His Word, that He has us in His hands, our desires are on the way, and what we ask in His name shall be given according to His Will.
“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.
[tweetthis]God can answer prayers, but if we don’t see the manifestation of God’s Word, we can become impatient and doubtful.[/tweetthis]
You become aware and alert of what’s going on around you and just how many souls desperately need your interceding. God didn’t bring you out the dark, if He didn’t plan to keep you out. He also didn’t call you out the dark just for your own benefit. Now I am not saying that you can’t pray for yourself, in no way am I saying that. I am saying that, we as Christians have to mature out the “babe in Christ” stage and get to a point where we spend more time in our prayer closet interceding for others. You’re already saved, pray that God saves someone else. You have received deliverance, now, pray that God delivers someone else who is going through what you’ve been through. You have received His Holy Spirit, now pray that He fills someone else who is seeking. The purpose of being filled with God’s Spirit, is to give you power, insight, and go to work for God; but that is another post. So I conclude this by asking you a few questions:
- 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?