In one of my previous devotions, I wrote about prayer; about using prayer to talk to our Lord when it seems like this world has a tight grip on us. I wrote about going to prayer in times of stress, and how we are not supposed to be anxious—because peace from the Lord will come to us. I am now writing to you about the same thing: prayer. I believe the Lord is putting this topic on my heart for a reason, and I want to write to you all about it.
Fellow believers, there are two things about prayer that you should know. The first is that, besides reading the Bible, it is the only other way of communication between us and our perfect Creator. That is a fact that we should all commit more thought to. We have a direct line of communication with our Father, and He is always listening to our prayers.
“And this is the confidence that we have toward him, that if we ask anything according to his will he hears us.” – 1 John 5:14
“Is anyone among you suffering? Let him pray. Is anyone cheerful? Let him sing praise. Is anyone among you sick? Let him call for the elders of the church, and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord.” – James 5:13-14
The second—and most important— thing about prayer you need to know, is that you need to PRAY. MORE. This is not an order, but a challenge for my brothers and sisters in Christ’s family. The challenge is this: pray more…for OTHERS.
For a moment, I would like you, the reader, to pause and consider:
Our world is tearing itself apart. Our nation is divided and has forsaken God. People all over the world and in our country are dying because of hurricanes, mass shootings, war, starvation, and sickness. People in our communities are hurting and broken. Students in high school have had their lives violently taken from them. Suicide strikes our communities, leaving despair in its wake.
Believer: pray more; and not just for yourself. Pray for those around you. Pray for people suffering in countries around the world, for those who have lost loved ones in school shootings; pray for criminals, the sick, elderly, the young and healthy. Pray for your pastors, your parents, your brothers, your sisters, your friends. Pray for the people in your life who are your strong support, because they may be crumbling. Pray for the unsaved, whether that is a stranger or a family member. Pray for others, that they experience the love of Jesus Christ; that more people will choose to live life for Christ, and that they will be singing praises in heaven to our wonderful, amazing Savior.
Because of certain recent events, our nation and our world has suffered deep pain. The only thing that we can do is to drop down to our knees and cry out to our Savior to help those in suffering, and to make himself known to those who have rejected Him.
“First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way. This is good, and it is pleasing in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all people to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.” – 1 Timothy 2.1-4
Please, answer this call to action to pray for anyone and everyone.