When I found out that Jesus prayed, I was taken aback at first. I had never thought that the Lord needed to pray. He prayed all the time. He isolated Himself and talked to the Father. Did He talk about Himself? Being the Lord you can be sure that He prayed for others. He prayed for the world. When I look in the Word at what the Lord did by dying on the cross and coming back to life, I see a prayer. His ultimate sacrifice was a prayer to the Father for us. He interceded for humanity. He spoke through His actions. His actions were extremely loud. He did what no one had dared to do. He did what no one had been able to do. He said what no one had said before. His declaration through His powerful action wass unparalleled. To this day no one has said a prayer as amazing as His. He prayed by dying and conquering death and His prayer has had lasting effects. Because of His prayer, whoever believes in Him can have everlasting life. His prayer changes the world of those who embrace Him every day. His prayer is a prayer of hope for the world. He saved the world and as we pray in His name, we can touch the world around us for His glory.
Do you pray for your family and friends? Do you pray for the ones in your world? Just like the Lord we are all invited to pray for others. God’s commandment to love others as ourselves is a commandment that implies that we should pray for others and not just for ourselves. God has a message He wants us to share with the world and that is the message of love. Praying for others is evidence that we love others. We ought to be praying for the people around us all the time. I have learned that my prayers should be about listening to the Lord and praying for others more than requests to receive personal blessings. The blessings will come. We are told to seek the kingdom first and all things will be added into us. Praying for others is seeking the kingdom. It’s doing the will of God and spreading His love. The prayers of a fervent believer are powerful. They can do the impossible. They can move mountains. Your prayers, dear friend, can change the world around you. The people you know, the people you see, the people you meet, all need your prayers. You might be the only person that prays for them. You might be the only one who intercedes for them. You might be the only one who cares enough for them to be blessed and to be saved. Don’t underestimate the power of your prayers spoken in the name of Jesus.
What does your community need? What do your friends and family need? They all need Jesus or more of Jesus. They need to meet the Father and to become familiar with the Holy Spirit. You are the key. You are the key the Lord can use to open doors to the broken hearted and to the lost. Pray for them. Pray for anyone you know. Pray for those you barely know. Pray for those who need a miracle today. Pray for those who need their hearts to be healed. Pray for those who need healing. Pray for those who are lost and can’t find their way home because home is a foreign term to them. Pray for restoration. Pray for liberation. Pray for peace. Pray for love. Pray for joy. Pray for people to encounter the Lord and to be on fire for Him. Pray for your world to change for the better. Pray for the needs of your people to be met. Pray for the blind eyes to see. Pray for improvement. Pray for change and God will work on it. Stay steadfast. Don’t give up. Keep on praying. Keep on believing. Your world needs your prayers. Your world needs the Jesus that you are close to. Serve as a liaison between God and the people that desperately want to meet Him. Your prayers have the power and the ability to bring change so keep on interceding and on hoping. You are not doing any of it in vain. May God bless you and protect you and remember that Jesus will always love you!
Suggested reading: Matthew 6:33; Matthew 26:39; John 15:12