Who's Not on Your Prayer List?
1 Timothy 2:1 I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men;
I am thankful for the office of prayer. God says I can cast my cares upon Him because He cares for me. Prayer is real. We get to bring real needs before a real God who really hears and really answers!
Hebrews 4:16 Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.
If you are anything like the average Christian, you have no problem praying for your needs or the needs of your friends and family. Every week at church we share prayer requests and spend time praying for the individuals on our list. Many take the prayer page and use it in their daily devotions. It is important that we lift one another up in prayer. I would dare say that most committed Christians have a decent prayer life and are diligent to pray for themselves and the needs of others regularly.
It is easy to pray for friends and family. It is easy to pray for those we love and those who love us. However, I wonder who is missing from your prayer list. I don't intend to give you an exhaustive list of names missing from your prayer list, but perhaps as you read this blog post you will be challenged to add some names to your daily prayers.
Pray for those that have Indignation towards you
Luke 6:26-28 Woe unto you, when all men shall speak well of you! for so did their fathers to the false prophets. But I say unto you which hear, Love your enemies, do good to them which hate you, Bless them that curse you, and pray for them which despitefully use you.
[Despitefully use you = to insult, to slander, to degrade.]
Do you pray for those who don’t treat you the way you think you ought to be treated?
What about those who purposefully slander you? Are they on your prayer list? There is no better way to love your enemy and do good to someone who hates or bless someone who curses you than to pray for them.
Pray for those that have Injured you
Remember when Jesus was being mistreated while He hung on the cross? What did he do to those who parted His garments and spit on Him… He prayed for them.
Luke 23:34 Then said Jesus, Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do. And they parted his raiment, and cast lots.
What did Stephen do when they were about to stone him to death? He prayed for them.
Acts 7:60 And he kneeled down, and cried with a loud voice, Lord, lay not this sin to their charge. And when he had said this, he fell asleep.
Romans 12:14 Bless them which persecute you: bless, and curse not.
There is no better way to bless someone who injures you than to pray for them.
Pray for those that have Influence over You
1 Timothy 2:1-2 I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men; For kings, and all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty. For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour.
How often do you pray for our president? When was the last time you lifted up your local government or law enforcement?
I have been asked, "Pastor, why should we pray for our governor? He is wicked and doesn't believe the Bible." I remind them of who Paul was writing to; they lived in Ephesus during the Roman Empire. During this time, Emperor Nero was in mid-season form as he burned Christians at the stake and yet, God said, Pray for him! If they could pray for Nero, we can certainly pray for those that have influence over us.
I pray the Lord has brought to mind some names you ought to add to your prayer list. Remember, "supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men." That means those who have indignation towards us, those who have injured us, and those who have influence over us.
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