PRAY FOR OTHERS

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“And when you pray, do not heap up empty phrases as the Gentiles do, for they think that they will be heard for their many words.” Matthew 6:5

As our world continues to grow and the sense of community is  lost to the busyness of every day, it’s easy for us to forget to pray for others.  Many times we don’t even know that our friends or family need our prayers.  There are a number of reasons for that.

We might be afraid to open up our lives to others.  We may feel ashamed or embarrassed by the things that we’re concerned about.  We may not want people to know we’re suffering with an illness or loss, because we think it’s a sign of weakness.  We may think we don’t need the prayers of others, because our relationship with God is a private thing between us and God.  We may want to handle things ourselves.

When Jesus taught His followers how to pray in His Sermon on the Mount, He made it clear what our prayers should include.  Our words should be from the heart – not just words that outwardly make a show of our piety.  Our prayers should be done in private – with the doors closed – in a closet, no less.

In the words of His very own prayer, He tells us to honor and praise God, the Father –  to forgive others – ask for our own forgiveness – to have all our daily needs provided for – to be kept safe from temptation.

He also wants us to have those words spill onto all those around us.  We really need to get back to a community of people who care about each other.  This is part of the reason people go to church – to be encouraged by the Word, to praise God, to give thanks to Him and to be in fellowship with other Christians.

Don’t be afraid to share your prayer requests with others.  God loves it when we pray together with sincere hearts.  Jesus also said that where two or three are gathered in His name, He will be there with them.

Pray for others today!

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As I reach the end of my years, I find I have a lot of good information stored up in this old decrepit mind of mine. If I don't write it all down, it may vanish and no one will have the advantage of my thoughts. This is why this blog exists. I love the Lord, Jesus with all my heart and soul. I know I'm undeserving of all He's done for me, but I also know that His love is beyond my comprehension. I've always wanted to write. I never kept diaries, but tucked my thoughts in my head for future reference. I use them now in creating stories, plays, poetry and my blog. I continue to learn every day. I believe the compilation of our time spent with God will have huge affect on the way we live. I know I'm a sinner and I need a Savior. I have One through Jesus, Christ. My book, "Stages - a memoir," is about the seven stages of life from the perspective of a woman. It addresses all the things girls and women go through in life as they travel it with Jesus, and it is available on Amazon.com.
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2 Responses to PRAY FOR OTHERS

  1. Kathy,

    This is the third day in a row that the Lord has directed me to pray for others more fervently.

    Friday, I was doing my ‘homework’ for our discipling group that would meet later that night. We are currently studying True Spirituality by Chip Ingram on Romans 12. He asked the question of what more we could do in our small group. My response was to pray more for each other. Unfortunately, the wife developed severe back pain in the afternoon and her husband took her to urgent care for some relief so we couldn’t meet, but we did pray for them both.

    Yesterday, with the temp in the 100’s, we decided to stay home and participate in our Church service online. Again, the service started out with an emphasis of praying for each other. Pastor asked all those who needed prayer right now to stand and asked those around them to lay hands on them and pray for them. This wasn’t anything necessarily new, but you could tell by his exhortation that it was a revised emphasis on praying for one another.

    And now today, this devotion arrives in my inbox.

    Thank you for being obedient to the Lord’s leading for this Word of encouragement. He has my attention!!

    Don

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    • atimetoshare.me says:

      Don, I never used to think much about praying for others, because I always figured God didn’t need my words. He knew what to do, but the Lord commands us to pray for them – even those we don’t agree with, our enemies, our leaders and those we love. Not only is it good for them, but a blessing for us as ell. Thanks for your supportive words to me. It always takes me a while to get my attention. God’s blessings this week.

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