Published January 31, 2017
"Persistent In Prayer"
Luke 11 starts with what we call the Lord's Prayer. In fact, the entire first part of that chapter talks about prayer asking and receiving.
In verses 5 through 8, Jesus tells a story:
"And He said to them, Which of you shall have a friend, and go to him at midnight and say to him, "Friend, lend me three loaves; for a friend of mine has come to me on his journey, and I have nothing to set before him;" and he will answer from within and say, "Do not trouble me; the door is now shut, and my children are with me in bed; I cannot rise and give to you?" I say to you, though he will not rise and give to him because he is his friend, yet because of his persistence he will rise and give him as many as he needs.'"
I've always heard that this Scripture is about being persistent in prayer. We need to continue asking. We need to be direct and persist until we get what we need.
It was only this past week that I thought about the fact that this friend is not asking for something for himself. He is asking for someone else. He isn't needing food for himself, but for someone else. He is requesting bread so he can bless someone else.
This sounds amazingly like intercessory prayer. Is Jesus telling us that we need to persist in intercessory prayer? That we need to pray for the needs of others? That we need to pray for someone else's blessing?
- Have you been praying for someone else for a long time? Keep praying.
- Is someone else going through a health issue? Be his or her advocate and pray on.
- Is someone in need financially? Take it to the Lord.
- Is someone having difficulties in their relationships? God can heal those relationships. Speak up on that person's behalf.
- Whatever the need, be an intercessor.
This past week at church, a lady came to me and thanked me for our Christmas card. Then she asked, "Who is Wayne?" I remembered that I had asked for prayer for my brother-in-law Wayne as he fights cancer and for healing after a back surgery. The lady didn't know him, but explained that God had told her to pray for Wayne and she wanted to know why.
That is intercessory prayer at its best. We pray for others because God expects us to do so. If we find time to take our needs to God and expect Him to answer, I believe we have time to take the needs of others to God until He answers for them.
Prayer isn't just a tool to get what we want Prayer is a privilege and a responsibility Friend, pray hard and stand strong for others.
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