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APPEALING TO GOD ON BEHALF OF OTHERS

THURSDAY 20 JANUARY 2022


Prayer magnifies the truth, goodness and beauty of the gospel and its eternal purpose in our Christian life and in other people's lives. However there is a greater purpose regarding praying for others and pleading to God to perfect all concerning them and to furnish them with His blessings. If you're still wondering what praying for others means to them and whether the selfless act of presenting their requests before God makes a difference in their lives, kindly join me to find out in today's article.

Reference: Romans 1:9 New Living Translation (NLT) "God knows how often I pray for you. Day and night I bring you and your needs in prayer to God, whom I serve with all my heart by spreading the Good News about His Son."


Apostle Paul made a serious commitment to be consistent in offering heartfelt prayers for the saints in Rome without ceasing. Day and night, he mentioned them and their needs in prayer to God. What does this imply? It simply signifies that every effective prayer we make on behalf of others comes from a heart full of God's love. In addition, all intercessory prayer is ordained to make the people we pray for better and more successful. In fact, you can do nothing for anyone in prayer without this goal in mind.

Every Christian is called to live by the power and ministry of prayer as revealed by Jesus Christ in Luke 18:1 and is expected to go extra mile by interceding for others. This suggests that praying for others is not a task limited to just "special prayer warriors" or those assigned by any church or people to pray for others. Revelation 1:6 says that Christ has made us to be a kingdom, priests to His God and Father (ESV). As God's Kingdom people, we are called to function as priests with the privilege of having direct contact with God, which is a perfect office or position that empowers us to offer up prayers on behalf of loved ones, friends, leaders, neighbours, organisations, those in authority, as well as any nation as a whole.


1 Timothy 2:1-2 (NLT) says, "I urge you, first of all, to pray for all people. Ask God to help them; intercede on their behalf, and give thanks for them. Pray this way for kings and all who are in authority so that we can live peaceful and quiet lives marked by godliness and dignity." Beloved, Paul just confirmed that praying for your family members, the saints and all people is every Christian's responsibility, not just for those known as "prayer warriors" or those who we assume to have a "special intimate relationship" with God.


Therefore, we must be relentless in praying for others because it helps to restrain or terminate the forces of evil in their lives as we make them the focus of our prayer and also intercessory prayer enforces and ingrains peace in every society or nation at large. Beloved, did you know that if you are liberal or have mastered laborious habit in praying for others, the Spirit of God can always inspire you to pray for strangers you haven't met and obtain mercy on their behalf, as well as save their lives if faced with misfortune or found in danger? Yes, this is one of the amazing things that happen when we've cultivated the heart to pray for others.


Now here is even the more reason we must never take praying for others for granted: Ezekiel 22:30-31 (NIV) reads, 'For "I looked for someone among them who would build up the wall and stand before me in the gap on behalf of the land so I would not have to destroy it, but I found no one. So I will pour out my wrath on them and consume them with my fiery anger, bringing down on their own heads all they have done, declares the Sovereign Lord." Its quite significant that God Himself looked for someone who would stand before Him in the gap on behalf of a nation, so that a whole nation would not be destroyed.


Beloved, in your world, you can become the "someone" God is looking for. As you continue to stand in the gap on behalf of others and nations through intercessory prayer, whatever the enemy means for evil will be thwarted swiftly just because of your obedience and alertness. Shalom!


Scripture Reading - Philippians 4:6-7; Romans 8:26-27; Ephesians 6:18; Hebrews 4:16; James 5:16; 1 John 5:14-15.


Guided Prayer: Heavenly Father, I trust in your Word and I function with the eyes of faith in every godly way, praying and interceding for others at will. Through my heartfelt intercessory prayers, men's issues are resolved and smoothed out; hence their paths are straightened and they have more blessings in their hands. Thank you Father for making my Christian faith more real through the wisdom of prayer and the guidance of your Spirit. I'm forever grateful because I'm ordained to receive answers from the throne of grace on behalf of all men in Jesus' Name, Amen!


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