You don’t have to read into the newspaper far or watch the news long before you see someone in need. You don’t have to get far outside your home before you run across a friend or neighbor having a hard time. Sometimes, the person needing help is right inside your home.
You long to help, but you don’t know what to do. The tornado ravaged a neighboring town, but you cannot do construction work. Your friend just received an unwanted diagnosis, but you do not know a cure. Your dad’s health is slipping, but you do not know how to help. Your daughter just had her heart broken for the first time, but you don’t know what to say. The situation is not within your control, but it is within God’s.
You and I can always help by praying, and there are times, that is all we can do. In those situations, remember our prayers are powerful and effective.
We can always help by praying.
Jesus taught the disciples it was good to pray for one another. Notice his words.
“Give us today the food we need,” Matthew 6:11-13 says, “and forgive us our sins as we have forgiven those who sinned against us. And, don’t let us yield to temptation but rescue us from the evil one.”
By his choice of words, I believe Jesus is saying, “Pray for each other.”
You and I don’t have to feel helpless when we see someone hurting. We can pray for that individual.
1 Timothy 2:1 says, “I urge you, first, to pray for all people. Ask God to help them, intercede on their behalf, and give thanks for them.”
When the neighboring town is devastated by the tornado, we can pray for the citizens. When our friend needs a cure, we can request wisdom on behalf of the doctors. When our daughter is heartbroken, we can ask the Lord to heal her pain. And, it may not hurt to pray that we’re not overwhelmed by the urge to afflict pain upon the boy who is responsible for the heart break.
Take a moment to pray for those who need the Lord’s help, and don’t be afraid to ask others to pray for you.
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Want an Additional Resource?
Before Amen: The Power of a Simple Prayer by Max Lucado is a great resource on prayer.