Praying for others: “And, Lord, take care of their needs.” It’s almost automatic. Yet I’m thinking I need to start amending that. Refill your cup and walk with me . . .
There’s no greater privilege than to pray for someone. No power between Heaven and Hell can stop a Christian’s praying from being heard and acted on. Think I’m kidding? Check out Revelation 5:8 and 8:1-5.
Your praying sizzles across God’s Universe, faster than thought. God always responds. “Wait…” is a response, yes. But He NEVER fails to answer in His perfect timing.
Could it be we limit God by our asking while praying for others? Might it please Him if we’re willing to pray, “. . . and, Lord, take care of their needs–and MORE! God, please go beyond just what they need right now. Lavish them with extra good stuff, too! Pour some blessings into their lives right now!”
Why? Because I know what it’s like to live in a house with holes in the floor, wash plastic tableware, go without haircuts, and dump lawn mower gas into the car gas tank. So do you. You’ve watched your children eat meager, simple food because it’s the best you have. You’ve driven past Von Maur and Select Foods to shop at Dollar Tree, Goodwill and DAV.
We know. Right? So why not use that understanding to give some pizzazz to our praying for others? “Load ’em up with blessings, God! Fill their pantry with wonderful food, their freezer with choice meat, and their closets with cool clothes. Send ’em great jobs with above-average pay and super benefits!”
“. . . and while You’re at it, Lord? Let Your gracious celestial flow, Your personal presence, be a gentle shower over every member of that family until every one of them feels like You’ve personally targeted him or her to see if you can OVERbless them.”
What do you think? Prayer rate might increase? We might start having fun in seeing how many creative, wild ways we can pray God into others’ lives?
Fair warning. I pray for and over every one of my readers.
© D. Dean Boone, April 2017