A while ago, I received a text from a friend asking me to pray for someone who was very ill. She asked if I would put his name in my prayer jar or God jar as I affectionately call it.
We should always feel honored and consider it a privilege when someone asks us to pray. It tells us that they believe we have a connection to God and that just maybe He will hear us and answer our prayers on their behalf. It also indicates that they have a measure of faith, but maybe they feel inadequate or they’re not quite sure how to pray. Some people don’t understand that prayers don’t have to be long, complicated or eloquent. They can be as simple as talking to God as if He were a parent or a friend. There are those who know how to pray but sometimes if the matter is urgent enough, they recruit other “prayer warriors” to join in. Whatever the reason, it is always a privilege to be asked by someone to pray.
To be honest, there are times when I don’t know how to pray for someone in a particular situation. Sometimes I can’t seem to make the words come out just right. At times like this, I rely on Jesus to stand in the gap for me; to be my intercessor with my heavenly Father. I do this because I can’t begin to understand what God’s will is for another person’s life. There may be lessons He’s trying to teach them or others involved and I don’t want to interfere in God’s plan.
There are three forces (or wills) at work in our lives all of the time. There’s God’s will, our own free will (which God will never interfere with) and then there’s Satan’s will. God’s will for our life is goodness, while Satan looks for every opportunity to destroy us. Our own free will (the choices we make) is where we often times get into trouble. A proper closing for any prayer should be the phrase “Thy will not mine be done”.
Unfortunately, things will continue to happen in our lives and in the lives of others that we won’t understand. One thing for certain is that prayer helps and prayer works. Believe in miracles and believe in God’s power to heal, comfort and restore. As believers we should be beacons of light, offering hope and encouragement to those around us, not just in the wake of tragedy, but everyday. If we say we’re going to pray for someone, then we need to do it and continue to pray until the need is met.
The young man in the text lost his battle with brain cancer. Unfortunately all prayers don’t get answered the way we’d like, but there’s comfort in knowing that sometimes God has a better plan.
Prayer is a privilege, prayer is a gift and prayer works.