Monday, March 14, 2016
Prayer is one of the most important ways to invest our time and energies. When we take the time to speak with God concerning the things that are important to us, we are entering into a dialogue with our heavenly Father in which we share our heart, desires, and petitions and receive from Him the wisdom, strength and understanding that we need.
As we pray for ourselves and our families, we must remember that there are many others who need our prayer.
In his letter to the young pastor Timothy, Paul “urged” him to pray for others. The word “urge” is a strong one indeed. It’s important that we pray for others. It’s important that we intercede for them (which simply means to go to God on their behalf) and to give thanks for them.
We are in the Body of Christ. Just as our bodies are made up of many parts, with each part important for the effective functioning of the whole, so too the Body of Christ is made up of many people, and each person is important for the function of the whole Body.
As we pray for others, we are asking for God’s will to be accomplished in their lives. We pray that they would receive Jesus into their heart (if they haven’t already) and would also receive the help, provision, healing, deliverance, miracle, wisdom, strength, and whatever else that they need so that they can live the life they were destined to live.
This is one way we are a blessing to others – by giving of our time and our energies to pray for them. And the great thing is that we can ask the Holy Spirit to help us pray, so that we can pray specific, intentional prayers that bring results.
So… let’s begin.
Father, I bring __________________ before you. I thank you for his/her life. I thank you that you have created him/her for a great purpose and that all of your thoughts towards _____________ are good. Today, I ask that….
(Continue with your own words, and remember, ask Holy Spirit to help you!)
Have a great day!