I’ll be honest with you – I’m so glad that God hasn’t asked that we die on a cross for our neighbors – all he wants us to do is pray for each other!
James 5:16 Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.
I’ve had people I’ve offered to pray for say, “that’s great – but what is that going to do to solve my problems right now?
Seems to me God has told us how important praying for each other is –
If you believe that taking your needs to God in prayer is important – just think how God has said how important we can be for each other in prayer.
We’ve all asked God for help have we not? That’s the easy part, because we know that God is indeed our helper. But do we always recognize the ways in which he brings us help?
What if God answers your cries for help by bringing you help from your enemy? What would you do?
You’ve been praying for your enemies, right?
What if God uses an unlikely source to answer your prayers – would you recognize God in that source?
Maybe you’ve seen me use this story once or twice –
A man’s boat is sinking at sea and he prays to God for deliverance. After a few hours, a large tanker ship comes into view and offers to save him – the man refuses because he has faith that God will save him – so the ship moves on. Then hours later, a helicopter flies overhead and drops the man a rope -but he waves the helicopter off because he if so sure that God is going to save him. Finally, the boat sinks and the man drowns. In heaven, the man asks God why he didn’t save him while his boat was sinking. God replied, “what happened to the ship and the helicopter I sent to you?”
Back in the days when I was homeless, I was always asking God for help – probably got on his nerves a bit for always being so needy I’m sure.
Problem is, I was consumed with asking God to help me and never once did I pray for those around me who were also homeless.
One day, a fellow homeless person offered me help. I was surprised and I felt that I couldn’t possibly accept help from another homeless person because I felt a bit ashamed that someone who possibly needed help more than I did would offer me help.
Reminds me of this story –
Two men are stranded on an island and decided to split up to conserve resources. The first man prayed for food, clothes, and shelter. He was so thankful that God had provided all that he needed. One day, the man began wondering how his friend was doing on the other side of the island, so he decided to find him and see. When he found his friend, he was shocked at how his friend appeared to be barely surviving; hardly any clothes, no shelter, and by the looks of him, no food to eat either. The first man immediately inquired of his friend as to why he was in this state, had he not been praying properly like he himself had done? Well, eventually, the first man died and when he arrived in heaven, he thanked God for taking care of him on the island. He asked God why he had not taken care of his friend as well. God said, “while you were praying for yourself, your friend was spending his time praying for you.”
Ephesians 6:18 Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;
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