“And He saw that there was no man, and wondered that there was no intercessor” (Isaiah 59”16).
The reason many of us give up on praying is because we have only a sentimental interest in prayer for our good and even less interest for anyone else. It may sound good to you and your audience to say that you pray, we read books on prayer which tells us that prayer has benefits like our minds are set at peace and our souls are lifted-up when we pray. We are taught that we can pray in and out of the Spirit, but Isaiah suggests that God is somewhat amazed at such pedestrian thoughts about prayer.
The real business of your Christian life as a saved soul is intercessory prayer. Intercession means that we bring ourselves to the point where the Spirit of Christ enters us for the person we are to pray for. Worship and intercessory prayer must be joined to be effective, one is impossible without the other. Too often instead of worshipping God, we spend our prayer time building statements about how we want prayer to work for us and others. Pray for your friends and for those with whom you come in contact, pray openly and honestly to God, without fear and without apprehension.
It is not the things we invest the most time in that benefits us the most, the greatest element is the thing that exerts the most power on us. Prayer time is time well spent privately communing with God. “Whatsoever ye shall ask in My name, that will I do.” The easiest way in the world to see the power of prayer work in your life is to pray for a better life for someone else. We must be determined to be less selfish and ask for someone else often and by name in Jesus’ name.
There will be occasions when it will seem that your prayers will continue to be unanswered, but beware of the human tendency to fix the blame on someone else. That is one of Satan’s favorite deceptions. There is a reason God will eventually show to you, usually in the form of an instruction from Him to you, and not to anyone else. Never believe it is not God’s will to give you what you ask, do not sit around and sulk, but find out the reason. Prayer may not change everything, but prayer changed me and I changed some things in my life and the life of others.
“I have given you an example that ye should do as I have done to you” (John 13:15). The example Our Lord gave us is not that of a good person that cares only for himself, or even a good Christian, but of God Himself. Show to the other person what God has shown to you and He will give you ample opportunities to prove your interest in other people. “That ye love one another, as I have loved you.” Jesus prayed to the Father for us and we must pray for each other, we must pray without ceasing. Be blessed and bless someone in Jesus’ name.
Grady Norman Greene, Minister of the Gospel of Jesus Our Christ
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