Tender, Precious, and Sacrificial Prayer

by Feb 24, 2017Easy and Light

Tender, Precious, and Sacrificial Prayer

I looked for someone among them who would build up the wall and stand before me in the gap on behalf of the land so I would not have to destroy it, but I found no one.

Ezekiel 22:30 (NIV)

I‘m going to ask you a question – be honest. No one will hear your answer, except you and God. Here goes. When was the last time you went before our Father and pleaded and prayed for someone else… for their heart, for their situation? It’s natural for our prayer lives to become more active when we are struggling and we need God’s mercy, provision and wisdom. For US. But what about our neighbors? We see the value in prayer, but, if we can be real for a second, what keeps us from doing it for others? How often do we mutter the phrase, “I’m praying for you.” Are you or is that just a cliché that we’ve adopted in our Christianese verbiage that rolls so easily off our tongue? Prayer is WORK. It is beautiful. It is powerful. It is sweet. It is fulfilling. But. It. Is. Work. We have our relationship with the Father because of Jesus. He bridged a gap between us because God was perfect and we are flawed. God was divine, we are not. Jesus interceded and pleaded on our behalf.
Oh, Lord. Thank you for interceding on our behalf. May we be grateful enough that it would overflow into our prayer lives and give us the desire to intercede for those around us. Lord, how can we stand in the gap for you? Speak, Jesus. We are listening. Amen.

Just as Jesus prays for us, we have the privilege and honor to pray for others. You have the power to connect heaven to the person sitting next to you. Doesn’t that blow your mind? We are surrounded by hurting people who need Jesus, who need healing, who need peace, who need wisdom, who need hope, who need someone to hear their groans. Maybe they know Jesus, but their pain is too weighty, their hearts too broken. I know when I’m too overwhelmed to utter the words on my own and someone offers to step in and pray for me… oh, what a tender, precious, sacrificial gift that fills my heart!
Why are we not making it a priority to step in and pray for others? Here’s an assignment. (Sorry, I’m a teacher. It comes naturally.) Identify someone you know and pray for them daily. A believer or unbeliever, you pick! Press in and ask how you can pray. For ONE week. Intercede and plead to the Father for them. I just wonder how Heaven might look a little different based on the prayers we pray for others.

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