Hebrews 4:16 – Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.
Let me lead you back to my past for a short time. I promise I will be short this morning.
My prayer life was lacking. It was full of half-hearted attempts to petition Our Savior in which normally I:
- Fell Asleep
- Got distracted
- Got bored
- Forgot to finish
- Gave up
- All of the above
Imagine if you will a scorched land, where the only moisture left is your own perspiration. This would be my prayer life….lacking….severely. I did not take into consideration how privileged we are to have a God who wants to speak to us directly. He wants to hear what we say! He wants to hear even the smallest things, from praise to fear. He wants to hear it. He listens. What an amazing opportunity we have to reverently hit our knees before a God who can answer any problems we ask Him about! That’s true power, Friends!
Insert the Holy Spirit and, long story short, my prayer life went from desert land to a beautiful oasis in the middle of the Sahara where the waters of grace, mercy, and love quenched my parched soul and poured blessings into my lap, pressed down, shaken together, and overflowing. (Luke 6:38)
In honesty, however, this did not happen until I really started to consider others in my prayer life. Yes, I saw my own prayers answered, and yes, that was a blessing, but the best blessings, the ones that provided unspeakable joy and supplied supernatural elation, did not start until I began to petition the Throne of Grace for the needs of others: people who do not like me, strangers, friends, anyone. I prayed for them, not just in name, I confidently and boldly approached my Savior about their needs, them. I asked my God to bless them. I started listening to that small voice probing me to even seek out people on the street, asking them if I could pray for them, or just offer an encouraging word. It has transformed me. It is one more thing He has used to draw me nearer to Him, probably one of the most powerful things at this point.
Jesus calls us to live outwardly. He wants, he commands us to serve others! I have a challenge for you today. I want you to seek out someone who needs your prayer. Don’t just quietly go into your prayer closet and submit a prayer for them. Approach that person, take them to the side, take their hand, and confidently storm the Gates of Heaven straight to your Savior totally on their behalf, and use your whole heart to do so. You don’t have to know their needs. The Holy Spirit will intercede with you and will deliver help. (Romans 8:26) Ask Him for the words, He will provide.
This could even be a private message to an individual on Facebook who has asked for prayers. Don’t give them the canned Christian answer, “I will pray for you.” How does that person know you actually prayed for them? Do it, right then. Send them a private message and follow through on that commandment to love others!
Be sure to act out your challenge with humility. (Matthew 6:5)
Sit back and watch for, even the small, things that happen after.
Prayer changes YOU.
We are so excited to see how God shows up in your walk today! Share your stories with us! Let us pray for you! Heritagedesigns@live.com
With all my love as your sister, grafted into The Family as part of the Bride of Christ,
You don’t have to hold a wealth of knowledge of the Bible, even young children can intercede on behalf of others.