Jesus Wants To Talk To You.
Why and how do we pray? To give gratitude to our creator or to ask Him why He created us? To give Him praise & glory, or to pray for help through a difficult time? There are many reasons we pray. Some call on God when they need Him for help or for direction in life. Others talk to God all day long like when one talks a friend. I fit into all of the above. I pray all day and the Lord has called me to pray with you, for you, or for someone you love. Or even someone you do not know. I lift your thoughts, words, pain, suffering, thankfulness, hopes, and love for Christ to the heavens above for God’s mercy and love.
When Jesus Was Praying For Others…
…He prayed for their faith (Luke 22:32), He prayed against temptation in their lives (Luke 22:40), He prayed for their unity (John 17:11), and He prayed for their sanctification (John 17:17). Paul prayed for the salvation of the lost (Romans 10:1); he prayed that the brothers would stay on the right path (2 Corinthians 13:7); he prayed that believers would be strengthened by the Spirit, rooted and grounded in love, able to comprehend God’s love, and filled with the fullness of God (Ephesians 3:14–19). These are all prayers for spiritual blessings; they are all “in Jesus’ name” and according to the Father’s will—prayers that are guaranteed to find a “yes” in Christ (2 Corinthians 1:20).
And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the saints, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge – that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.
Revelations About Praying
- Praying for others is an important sacrificial ministry introduced to us by Jesus Himself (John 17:1-26).
- If we consistently soak into deeper experiences of a sincere prayerful life, the Holy Spirit not only empowers us in our prayers but in our whole Christian life.
- Through our earnest and unceasing prayers, we offer endless adoration, confessions, Thanksgivings, and supplications.
- Praying is experiencing the peace of God. When we pray, God will work in our hearts. He conforms us to His will and fills us with His peace. We ask the Holy Spirit to intercede on their behalf.
- Jesus and the Holy Spirit both intercede to God the Father on our behalf.
- When we don’t know how to pray, or when we do a poor job at finding the right words to say, the Holy Spirit intercedes to God for us with the words that our soul is longing to say but is unable to do so. Jesus prays for us too, and that should give us tremendous comfort.
- Praying for others brings God glory. We should seek to glorify God in every aspect of our life. When we pray for others, we are reflecting the way Jesus prays for us. Also, when we pray for others, we are reflecting God’s kindness.
- Praying for others draws us nearer to God.
- We need to pray not only for our friends and relatives, but we must pray for our enemies too. We pray for those who curse and persecute us (Matthew 5:44).
- We pray for others for comfort, for salvation, for healing, for safety – for any number of reasons. God uses prayer to align our hearts to His will.
- Intercessory prayer reflects God’s own character of outgoing love and mercy.
- Pray for others from the heart, regularly, fervently, with detail, faith, and love.
- Praying for others is important because it fulfills a New Testament command. We are to pray for all people (1 Timothy 2:1). We are to pray for government leaders (1 Timothy 2:2). We are to pray for the unsaved (1 Timothy 2:3). We are to pray for fellow Christians (Ephesians 6:18). We are to pray for ministers of the gospel (Ephesians 6:19–20). We are to pray for the persecuted church (Hebrews 13:3). Praying for others gets our focus off of ourselves and onto the needs around us. As we “carry each other’s burdens,” we “will fulfill the law of Christ” (Galatians 6:2).
Revelations About Answering Prayer
- Apart from God, we cannot do anything (John 15:5).
- God answers prayers in his own time (Isaiah 65:24)
- If the response to our prayers that is appropriate within His Deity, calls for mercy, reformation, rebuke, punishment, blessings or for whatever the fulfillment of His promises would require, that is surely what He will do.
- God is sovereign and His thoughts are not our thoughts. Our ways are not His ways. His thoughts and ways are higher than our own (Isaiah 55:8-9). Being such, there will and will always be questions left unanswered within the intelligence of man.
- Intercessory prayer is not a numbers game. God does not have to wait until 10 or 20 or 100 people pray about a situation in order to intervene. Prayer is not a vote or petition that God must act on if enough people “sign” it. Our prayers cannot force God to do anything.