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April 2020 Thoughts From Scripture
This Could Help Our Prayer Life
by Grover Laird
Pray For Others
"I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men;" (1 Timothy 2:1)
Paul wrote two letters to Timothy, a young preacher that Paul referred to as “my own son in the faith.” ( 1 Timothy 1:2) Both of the latter were somewhat a Charge to Timothy. (1 Timothy 1:18) Among other things, Paul charged him to study the Word, (2 Timothy 2:15) live the Word, ( 1 Timothy 4:12) and preach the Word. ( 2 Timothy 4:2) But as seen in our text, Paul charged him “first of all” to pray for others.
Prayer is one of the most important duties of a Christian. And I believe that praying for others should take up a large part of our prayer time. There are some reasons for believing this.
I. The Bible Commands Us To Pray For Others
In our text verse, Paul is giving a command to intercede by prayer for all men. In the next verse he mentions some in particular-- "For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty." (1 Timothy 2:2) Ephesians 6:18 and James 5:16 also commands us to pray for others. It is therefore a duty commanded by God for every Christian to pray for others.
II. It Adds Power To Our Prayer Life
Our prayer for others manifest brotherly love and unselfishness. These two things are very important to the Lord. Therefore, the Lord is pleased when our concern is not our “own things,” but “the things of others.” (Philippians 2:4)
This being true, the Lord may be more willing to answer our prayer for others than for ourselves. And when the Lord answers our prayer for others, our faith is increased. Then our prayer life in general will have more power. Remember, loving our neighbor as our self is the second greatest commandment. (Mark 12:31)
III. It Can Be A Ministry
Paul seemed to pray for all the churches where he had ministered. In his letter to the Ephesians, he assured them of his prayers for them. The list of things he prayed for started like this-- “That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give unto you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him:” (Ephesians 1:17) The list of things he ask God to do for the Colossians was similar. (Colossians 1:9-12) Paul seem to feel that the greatest needs of churches were Spiritual.
Epaphras also had a prayer ministry that surely built up the Church at Colosse– "Epaphras, who is one of you, a servant of Christ, saluteth you, always labouring fervently for you in prayers, that ye may stand perfect and complete in all the will of God." (Colossians 4:12)
Many churches and pastors enjoy the blessings of God upon their ministry because some dedicated, separated Christian had an active prayer ministry. Any child of God who wants to do more for the Lord and others should consider this ministry. It is an open field, and the possibilities are limitless.
What we do to hurt others, will end up hurting us.(Proverbs 26:27) In like manner, what we do to help others, will help us; and in the end will “redound to the glory of God.” May we not forget that praying for others should be a big part of our prayer life.
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