Who do you pray for? And does it matter?
I recently spent some time searching the Internet for prayers. What I didn’t find amazed me. One post had several daily prayers for the workplace Christian. Only one included a prayer for anyone other than the person praying and their family and their church. What percentage of your prayer time would you say directly impacts you or your immediate family?
But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for God’s own possession, so1 Peter 2:9 NASB
thatyou may proclaim the excellencies of Him who has called you out of darkness into His marvelous light;
One duty of an Old Testament priest was to mediate between God and men. Part of their duty was to pray for others. You may have heard it called, intercession. When we intercede for someone, we stand in for them or make an appeal before them. The word can mean mediate, but often it means to plead on behalf of someone else.
Conviction and Guilt
Many prayers I found online sounded almost selfish. I felt conviction and guilt. How often do I pray for myself and my family? Jesus says I’m free (John 8:32). He paid for my sins (John 1:29) and whenever I ask for something according to His will, it will happen (John 15:7). I wonder what God’s will for my friends involves?
When we share prayer requests, we often ask for others to pray for us and people we know who have health issues. God heals, and He instructs us to pray for healing for one another (James 5:14). Recently, I started monitoring the things I ask God for.
Do we pray for others the way Jesus does (Matthew 6:5-13)? Do we even know enough about our coworkers or customers to pray for them? Or is our prayer more to get them or God to do what we want?
When I first became a Christian, I prayed for a job working for a Christian person. I asked God to give me a different job, to provide for us, and to heal my wife’s chronic illness. Mostly I asked about stuff that impacted me. When I was in a small group or with other Christians, I’d pray for them, too. But when we left, I did not recall most of their requests. I focused on myself.
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What Would Happen?
What would happen at your workplace if you and every other Christian you worked with began praying for everyone else? Why not try it out and let us all know?
Who do you pray for? Have questions on what to pray or how to start? Want to just talk about it with other like-minded Christians? Join us over in our Community.
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