Take Prayer Beyond Self”


It's not about me


It’s not about ‘me’. It’s about us!”
We can dig beyond self and stand in the gap for our loved ones, for our families, for our neighbors and friends, and even nations. Where we cannot physically reach, God has given us the ability to get there, and that’s through prayers and intercessions.

It’s not only the problems or needs we have that we have to pray for, and it’s not only the sins we have committed that I have to repent but rather intercede and repent on behalf of others too. Who knows your prayer or my prayer could be the only link to someone’s salvation from sin or from harsh situations, or from destruction, or the only link to someone’s deliverance or breakthrough!

The time you spend praying and interceding for others is very, very precious before the Lord. We all know Daniel as a man who always walked before the Lord as the Scriptures say, we see him pleading on behalf of his people. He says, “I went on praying and confessing my sin and the sin of my people, pleading with the Lord my God for Jerusalem, His holy mountain. As I was praying, Gabriel, whom I had seen in the earlier vision, came swiftly to me at the time of the evening sacrifice. He explained to me, “Daniel, I have come here to give you insight and understanding. The moment you began praying, a command was given. And now I am here to tell you what it was, for you are very precious to God. Listen carefully so that you can understand the meaning of your vision.” (Daniel 9:20-23)

God is always available to listen and monitor what we speak especially His word and make sure it’s fulfilled, and it does not matter how long it takes. God is ever watching and will certainly carry out all His plans. [Jeremiah 1:12]

The Bible also talks about bearing each other’s burdens [Galatians 6:2], and intercession is another way of doing this. This does not only bring us near to God as we do what Jesus would want us to do, but also creates friendships and strengthens our relationships with other people. In fact, Jesus tells us to love and bless our enemies and even pray for those who persecute and mistreat us. [Matthew 5:44/Luke 6:28]

Christ has never stopped interceding for us [Romans 8:34, Hebrews 7:25] – who are we to shut our loved ones, our neighbors and friends, and nations out? Take prayer beyond self and start to see others as your responsibility to pray for them.


Reflections:
John 17:6-26
Isaiah 37:14-20
Daniel 9:1-19
1 Timothy 2:1-2
Job 42:10
Philippians 2:3-4


Jesus Is Lord!

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