I had a profound experience recently when I was able to “listen in” on someone praying for me. A brother in Christ shared his prayer with me, that God would bless my time in the Word and reveal its message ever more clearly. It was also a prayer of thanksgiving, that God has included me in his Book of Life. What a blessing it is to have someone pray for you!
It made me think about how many times I’ve said “I’ll pray for you,” but haven’t followed through. Do we say this thinking it will comfort someone, or do we actually get down on our knees and pray for someone? I think, if we’re honest, we’ve all done both. It’s so important though that this isn’t just said with our best intentions, but that we actually follow through and pray.
Prayer can be difficult, sometimes we’re not sure how to pray. Even then, God provides through the intercession of the Holy Spirit—26 Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness. For we do not know what to pray for as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words. 27 And he who searches hearts knows what is the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints according to the will of God. ~ Romans 8:26-27.
God even assures us that our prayers have power—”The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working.”~ James 5:16.
Today, in fact right now, in the quiet of this moment, I challenge you to pray for someone. It is a powerful and humbling experience to speak to God, but I urge you to do it. You may even want to consider letting that person know that you’re praying for them. Be specific; let them know how you asked God to work in their life.
Above all, don’t forget to offer a prayer of thanks to God, knowing that he not only hears but also answers prayer. My prayer, for all of you, is that God will continue to bless you with the richness of his mercy in Christ Jesus.
I’ll leave you with these final words of encouragement;
28 And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose. 29 For those whom he foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, in order that he might be the firstborn among many brothers. 30 And those whom he predestined he also called, and those whom he called he also justified, and those whom he justified he also glorified. ~ Romans 8:28-30.
Amen and Amen.