Prayer places you face-to-face with your Heavenly Father. #WisdomHunters
What?! How can that be? If I am face-to-face with the Lord, we must be physically present to each other to do so. Of course, we know that is not possible while still present here on earth but if we have faith, we DO KNOW that we are present with the Lord. We ARE face-to-face with Him.
So when you and I pray, what do we pray for? Do we pray for ourselves or do we pray for others? I would argue that it is more important that we pray for others versus ourselves. Granted, there are struggles in our own lives for which we need healing but if we are faith-filled people, we know we can spend time with the Lord and ask for His intercession, His compassion, His love. But what about those who do not know our Heavenly Father? Those who do not spend time in prayer each day with Him?
Indeed, the severity of another’s needs tend to dwarf our own. It is through the posture of praying for another that our perspective becomes healthier. Our gratitude grows through selfless prayer. We learn to count our many blessings and be content. Of course, it is okay to ask God’s favor in our lives, but not at the expense of excluding prayer for others.
“Isaac prayed to the Lord on behalf of his wife, because she was barren. The Lord answered his prayer, and his wife Rebekah became pregnant” (Genesis 25:21).
Authentic Christianity results in love for people. Is prayer a meaningful way to love? Of course, and the greatest test may be to pray for those who do not pray for you. This is truly unselfish praying. Your only reward may be a clear conscience before God. Pray for your adversaries, and trust the Lord to accomplish His purpose in their life, in His time. Jesus said, “Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you” (Matthew 5:44).
An exciting part of praying for others is the change you experience. Prayer for people cultivates an attitude of love and forgiveness in the person praying that no human counselor can provide. Godly counsel can guide you there, but only God can produce a transformation of the heart. Prayer places you face-to-face with your Heavenly Father.
What will your prayer experience be like today? Will it be for yourself or for the needs of others? Will you ask our Lord to bring others closer to Him? By doing so it will help you be closer to Him. However, you choose to pray today, JUST PRAY. Do not let the opportunity pass you by to spend quiet time in the presence of the Lord.
Peace and Blessings.