I have been the recipient of prayer from someone for years. When I was estranged from my family for 10 years – when I was married, my dad said he prayed for me every day to be returned to the family. Yep, 10 years! He prayed every day for me. I have always known my mom and dad have prayed for me… that’s just what they do. They love their family and love praying for them. Not only do they pray for the family… they pray for the extended family which is what their friends in Christ are. My dad is quick to add someone to his prayer list if he hears of a need someone has, whether it be materially, medically or otherwise. He loves to pray for folks. As I have said before, I used to work with a lovely lady named Phemia in Beaumont at a Savings and Loan. She would pray at any given moment for you. If you had a problem, she would stop right there and pray for you. It might just be a quick prayer but it was a prayer directly to The Father! She would intercede for whomever it was that was in need. She prayed for me many times.
To be asked to pray for someone is an honor for me. It tells me they trust me and are confiding in me with something near to their heart and they ask me to pray for them. As Christians, I believe Prayer is our most powerful tool here on earth. It ushers us directly into the Throne Room of God Almighty! When Jesus died on the cross, the Bible says the “veil was rent into”. In Matthew 27:51 it states…
“51 Then, behold, the veil of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom; and the earth quaked, and the rocks were split,”
The significance of that is that we did not need a “high priest” any longer to pray for us. We could go directly to God Himself. Jesus’ death on the cross and resurrection allowed that to happen! I found a couple of websites that help explain this event in history. One of them is gotQuestions.org and they have a great explanation if I could just use an excerpt from their website here:
“So, what do we make of this? What significance does this torn veil have for us today? Above all, the tearing of the veil at the moment of Jesus’ death dramatically symbolized that His sacrifice, the shedding of His own blood, was a sufficient atonement for sins. It signified that now the way into the Holy of Holies was open for all people, for all time, both Jew and Gentile.”
“When Jesus died, the veil was torn, and God moved out of that place never again to dwell in a temple made with hands (Acts 17:24). God was through with that temple and its religious system, and the temple and Jerusalem were left “desolate” (destroyed by the Romans) in A.D. 70, just as Jesus prophesied in Luke 13:35. As long as the temple stood, it signified the continuation of the Old Covenant. Hebrews 9:8-9 refers to the age that was passing away as the new covenant was being established (Hebrews 8:13).”
“In a sense, the veil was symbolic of Christ Himself as the only way to the Father (John 14:6). This is indicated by the fact that the high priest had to enter the Holy of Holies through the veil. Now Christ is our superior High Priest, and as believers in His finished work, we partake of His better priesthood. We can now enter the Holy of Holies through Him. Hebrews 10:19-20 says that the faithful enter into the sanctuary by the “blood of Jesus, by the new and living way which he opened for us through the veil, that is, through his flesh.” Here we see the image of Jesus’ flesh being torn for us just as He was tearing the veil for us.”
With this event in history, as it says above, with Jesus death we no longer have to have someone else go into the “Holy of Holies” to pray for us, as they did before Jesus. We have complete and total access to God the Father through Jesus death.
Colossians 1:9-12 Paul tells the church that he prays for them.
“ For this reason, since the day we heard about you, we have not stopped praying for you. We continually ask God to fill you with the knowledge of his will through all the wisdom and understanding that the Spirit gives,[a] 10 so that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and please him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God,11 being strengthened with all power according to his glorious might so that you may have great endurance and patience, 12 and giving joyful thanks to the Father, who has qualified you[b] to share in the inheritance of his holy people in the kingdom of light.”
I do love praying for people too! I keep a prayer list at my desk so I can have a constant reminder of those that have asked me to pray for them. I consider it an honor to pray for and with someone. I always ask God’s will in prayer for others though. Some folks may think they can pray for a new car, new house, boat, or other material things. However, prayer is a conversation with God. God is not a “convenience store”. There is a difference between wanting a new car and someone needing a car to get around. God knows the heart and the motives though. When you pray for others, just pray for God’s will to be done. He knows your heart. Sometimes I don’t understand the outcome of a particular situation that I have been praying about, but I have to remind myself… God is God and I am not. He knows best – ALWAYS. Click this link here for another website that has a list of scriptures from the Bible about Intercessory Prayer. If it is in the Bible it must be important for our Christian walk with The Lord.
I encourage you to pray for others. Keep a list of folks that you know need prayer or have talked about something they are having a hard time with. Sometimes I ask if I can pray for others and sometimes, I just pray for them. Remember, prayer is our most powerful tool here on earth! God hears our prayers and loves it when His people pray. Talk to Him today. He is waiting to hear from you, His beloved.
This song – Sweet Hour of Prayer – is from this CD – Sweet Hour of Prayer narrated by Phillip Keveren. It is an awesome reminder of how wonderful prayer is. It is excerpts from devotional readings by Oswald Chambers with music to go along with the narration. The song attached is an excerpt from this CD. Enjoy!