Interceding for Others
Isaac prayed to the Lord on behalf of his wife, because she was childless. The Lord answered his prayer, and his wife Rebekah became pregnant.
We live in a broken world. There is so much sorrow surrounding us. When you listen to the news, talk to your teenagers about what is going on in their world or even listen to your neighbors about their struggles in marriage or finances, it almost feels overwhelming at times. Many times we listen and we feel so helpless because we realize there is nothing we can “do” to fix the situation. One thing that we can do is to pray.
When you see someone who is hurting or they share their heart with you, you can lift them up in prayer. Sometimes people are suffering in such a way, they cannot pray for themselves. Maybe your friend, child, husband has lost hope in a situation and they cannot pray to God for help because they feel helpless or so far from God. You can step in and pray “for” them…intercede for them with your Heavenly Father. Jesus prayed for us, His children, (John 17) and we can pray for others on their behalf. God listens to our prayers. Today as you go about your day, don’t just say to yourself, “I feel so bad for what is going on in their life.” Instead, pray for them. Your prayers could make a huge difference. It may be that their circumstance doesn’t change, but your prayers could provide for them the exact measure of hope and peace to endure.
Thank You that You listen to my prayers. Thank You that You answer my prayers concerning others and myself. God, I do have a person in my life that needs prayer. I am lifting them up to You right now. You know what they need, You know exactly where they are in their life. I am asking You to meet their needs and carry them through this difficult time.