I received a message recently from a supporting pastor’s wife saying that she was praying for me that day and she included her prayer in the message. Wow! Tears began to fall as I read her prayer for me. I was humbled that she thought about me and shared her prayer for me. Words fail to explain how much that truly meant. There’s such a sense of love and caring that one cannot experience when someone says, “I’m praying for you”.
This really taught me a great deal about my own prayer life. So often, God will bring someone to my heart to pray for. And I will pray. But how much more it would mean to them to know how I am petitioning God on their behalf.
Prayer is such an important avenue in our Christian life to touch the lives of others. We all pray but do we include the love and passion for the one we are praying for? So often we will tell someone, “I’m praying for you”. But taking it a step further and sharing our prayer for them may be a tremendous blessing. My thoughts went to Jesus when He prayed for Peter in Luke 22:31-32 “And the Lord said, Simon, Simon, behold, Satan hath desired to have you, that he may sift you as wheat: But I have prayed for thee, that thy faith fail not:and when thou art converted, strengthen thy brethren.”
Jesus spoke volumes in that short prayer for Peter. His love is demonstrated in every word – He warned Peter of Satan’s desire to trouble him and assured him that He had prayed for Him and the way of escape was in place.
We all want to be a blessing to others. Maybe, we should step up our prayer life to include our prayers for them. The dear Pastor’s wife who sent her prayer to me included these verses as her prayer for me – Colossians 1:9-11 “For this cause we also, since the day we heard it, do not cease to pray for you, and to desire that ye might be filled with the knowledge of his will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding; That ye might walk worthy of the Lord unto all pleasing, being fruitful in every good work, and increasing in the knowledge of God; Strengthened with all might, according to his glorious power, unto all patience and longsuffering with joyfulness.”
I’m sure I will find myself returning to that message often. It brings me much joy to pray for others. Last week in Vacation Bible School at our home church, a young boy came up to me and asked if he could show me where he had fallen and received a huge bruise on his side. Then he looked up at me and said, “Will you pray for me?” The trust that he placed in me to pray for his bruise overwhelmed me. I hugged him close and prayed for his bruise. He has no idea how much that blessed me.
Sometimes we miss the opportunity to encourage others by not praying for their need audibly when we are asked to pray for them. Some of the sweetest experiences in my life have been when someone comes up to me – a perfect stranger – in a church where we are presenting our burden for India – and asks me to pray for a specific need in their life. As we pray together, a kinship is born. Their burden is knit into my heart and becomes a constant prayer on their behalf.
Let’s pray more fervently, compassionately, for others. That’s my desire and I’m sure it is yours as well.