Updated: Jan 12, 2020
A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another." - John 13:34
I used to only have self-focused prayers, but now I understand the importance of praying for others.
The other day, I was walking down the street with a friend, and I had my umbrella open because it had just rained. I don’t know about you, but even if it’s barely drizzling, my umbrella is open.
As my friend and I walked under a giant tree, it started down pouring, and he got soaked because he wasn't using his umbrella. I chuckled lightly to myself, and a thought came to my
mind: always be ready in and out of season.
Praying is one of the best practices that we can do daily to “be ready.” It's our offensive and defensive weapon no matter what's going on in our lives.
When we pray, God guides us in the direction He wants us to go, works miracles through us, gives us the strength we need every day, and helps us to develop a relationship with Him.
I was doing a Bible study with a group of people a couple of years ago, and one of the facilitators said something that I’ll forever apply to my life.
She said when you don’t know what to pray for, pray for a friend. When you’re in the midst of a storm, pray for a friend. Before you pray for your needs, pray for a friend’s needs.
Sometimes we get so lost in our own problems that we fail to see ways that we can help others during our storms. Praying for others takes the focus off of us and on the heart of God.
“A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” - John 13:34-35
Love is an action, and one of the simplest actions that you can implement into your life is praying for other people.
We may not always be in the best place in our lives, but we always have the power to pray for a friend, family member, co-worker, or someone we pass by on the street.
You never know what people are going through, what they just came out of, or what they’re about to go through. People don’t always look like the chaos that may be going on in their lives.
I was reading through the book of Job last week, and a verse popped out at me. Job 42:10 (NLT) says, “When Job prayed for his friends, the Lord restored his fortunes. In fact, the Lord gave him twice as much as before!”
If you’re unfamiliar with the story of Job, he was a very wealthy man who feared God and had complete integrity. God allowed Satan to test him by taking away everything he had, including his children and health.
As a result, Job is depressed and felt that God turned His back on him. His friends come to his aid and empathize with him. But, they also accuse him of sin and encourage him repeatedly to repent.
At the end of the story, God restores everything that Job lost twice over. But here’s the thing, He only restored everything after Job prayed for his friends.
Job blessed his friends even after they persecuted him. And it wasn’t until after he took the focus off of himself and onto praying for them that he was restored.
Your needs are never too great that you can’t pray for someone else. I get that you may be going through something, but pray for a friend and let God take care of your needs.
As the pastor of my church always says, “It’s time to pray!”
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