I often talk about the vitality a Christ-Follower gains from a daily time in God’s Word. Many of you have found YouVersion.com to be a great place to experience God’s Word- because you can choose from so many different devotionals. So my post is directly from the YouVersion.com devotional called, “Teach Me to Pray”. This is a 14 day devotional that you can view from your smart phone, computer or pad. I will give you some links to follow after the devotional. The variety is amazing- there are plans that are 3 days long up to a year and everything in-between driven by topic or by book of the Bible.
Characteristics of Powerful Prayer: For Others
We all have a selfish streak by nature. When we become aware that we are able to access God’s throne through prayer, our first instincts are to care only about ourselves. But just as spiritual growth helps us see the joy and fulfillment that come from serving other people, growth in prayer maturity leads us to think of other people’s needs before our own.
St. Paul invited his Asian brothers and sisters to pray for him while a prisoner in Rome, awaiting his trial in imperial court. “Pray also for me, that whenever I open my mouth, words may be given me so that I may fearlessly make known the mystery of the gospel, for which I am an ambassador in chains. Pray that I may declare it fearlessly, as I should” (Ephesians 6:19,20).
The formal word for this kind of praying is “intercession.” I personally have been sustained by the prayers of other wonderful people in stretches of my life when I have been too distracted or lazy to pray for myself. You will not know until you get to heaven how your life has been blessed by the faithful prayers of people who love you.
Could I dare to ask you to pray for me today so that I may proclaim the gospel fearlessly?
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