September 21, 2012

Pray for One Another

Written by Boyd Bailey

Thoughts from daily Bible reading for today- September 21, 2012

“As for other matters, brothers and sisters, pray for us that the message of the Lord may spread rapidly and be honored, just as it was with you.” 2 Thessalonians 3:1

Prayer for one another is a spiritual secret weapon. It rocks the devil’s world, wins over a lost world, and brings peace in this world. Prayer for another is a necessary ingredient in the recipe for successful living. A prayer investment is an eternal investment. Prayers for healing, prayers for wisdom, prayers of praise and prayers to courageously spread the gospel all acknowledge the Lord’s priorities. Indeed, prayer promotes God’s agenda.

Moreover, our prayers for others change us. When we implore Christ to heal the illness of a sweaty browed small child, our heart grows tender. When we ask God to give a friend wisdom in a crucial decision, we grow in wisdom. When we pray to the Lord of the harvest to send forth laborers, the Spirit directs us to share the good news of Jesus Christ. Prayer is a platform that produces righteous results for the giver and the receiver.

“And the prayer offered in faith will make the sick person well; the Lord will raise them up. If they have sinned, they will be forgiven. Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.” James 5:15-17

Be careful not to take your prayers for granted, treating them as an afterthought or mindless routine. Asking God’s blessing over a meal is a big deal. Whether in private or in public you give glory to your provider and sustainer, Jesus. Are you bold when eating out to politely ask permission to pray out loud before you partake? Yes, you can pray quietly, or you can remind everyone present who is Lord of the meal.

Who needs your fervent prayers today? Do they know you are praying for them? Perhaps you send an email or text prayer to a special friend in need. Sometimes a hurting person needs less advice and more comforting words of Christ on their behalf. A supplication to your Savior for suffering saints brings fear to its knees and elevates faith and hope up front and center. Thus, ask for prayers and offer prayers for God’s glory. Prayers hold up one another.

“So Peter was kept in prison, but the church was earnestly praying to God for him.” Acts 12:5

Prayer: Heavenly Father, lead me to pray for those who need your comfort and conviction.

Related Readings: Acts 1:14; Romans 15:13; 30-31; 1 Thessalonians 4:1

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  1. Miss G says:

    Ahhh! Thank you Wisdom Hunters. Nothing like stirring up your spirit with the powerful Word of God.

  2. Larry Peterson says:

    I do like Wisdom Hunters daily devotional. But before I share anything with family or friends I have to check the validity of the message/devotion. The first thing I want to know is what version of the Bible is being used. Anytime a scripture vurse is used I like to see the KJV, NKJV, NIV etc after the scripture. Next I check out the scripture versus to make sure they are true to the Word. I use the KJV. In today’s devotional I find the word “sins” in place of the KJV word “faults”, big difference here. Fault is general and sins are specific. I do not confess my sins to no man but I will confess my faults. The Word is powerful and when words are changed they misguide the reader, especially the unlearned. I do not want to critisize, I only want to provide my thoughts .
    May God bless you,

  3. Boyd says:

    Larry, I appreciate your thoughts and question. I use NIV when writing the devotions. If you have additional questions about the validity of Wisdom Hunters, I’d encourage you to read our Statement of Faith: Thank you for being a fellow Wisdom Hunter. God Bless – Boyd

  4. Pearl Taylor says:

    This is awesome. It has helped me in troubled times. I love my church family.

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