Words of Hope: Praying for Others
Prayer always amazes me. I can fall in love with praying and get discouraged because my prayers don’t “turn out” the way I want. I know that prayer is not my tool for changing things but God’s way of changing me to be more in His likeness. Constantly I am reminded of how much of my desires are caught up in my praying. Recently, I met a lovely woman devoted to prayer. She prays with tremendous enthusiasm and belief with her hands open to wait for God’s timing and best. I asked her to pray for something very dear to my heart. I felt such joy that she would join me in praying. There is comfort and peace knowing people are praying fervently for you. I often imagine Dad in heaven outside of time, joining me in prayer for certain things in my life. I love to picture him encouraging me.
Jesus is described as interceding for us to the Father. What a beautiful picture to know Jesus is pleading and praying for me. I have imagined the people who request that I pray for them standing with me before God. I have a dear friend asking God for a baby. I have experienced my own seasons of barrenness. I remember with joy my Dad and Mom committing to pray for me daily. How much solace this is! I have such faith in praying for my friend. I know that God will bring her just what she needs. I have complete confidence. Maybe because this is a genuinely selfless prayer, I feel confident in the request. All I know is that I find tremendous joy and peace praying for my friend.
What, then, shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all—how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things? Who will bring any charge against those whom God has chosen? It is God who justifies. Who then is the one who condemns? No one. Christ Jesus who died—more than that, who was raised to life—is at the right hand of God and is also interceding for us. – Romans 8:31-34