One of the greatest lies that the enemy continues to plague the minds of believers with is that our prayers for others don’t matter–that they have no real power, or authority. What an annoying and grievous lie!
You may say to yourself, “I don’t believe that.” Well, in logic, you may not, but in action you may be showing different. When you’ve been given news that a colleague, student, stranger, friend, family member, etc. have suffered a loss, or are in the midst of suffering through a trial, and you tell them you will pray for them, and then don’t, or better yet, are provided with the opportunity to pray with them, and then don’t, you have underestimated and failed to show belief in the power of prayer.
Has God ever made you aware of someone’s situation and you failed to seek God in prayer as to how He wants to use you to bless them?
Has anyone ever randomly been placed on your mind and heart by the Holy Spirit, and you wondered why? Did you pray for them?
Are you a leader in your organization, place of work, or community? Are you praying for your employees and/or the population you’re serving?
Are you a teacher, or mentor? Are you praying over your students and those you are mentoring?
Are you praying for your pastor, prophet, mentor, boss, community and world leaders?
Do you have hundreds, or thousands of followers on social media? Are you praying for them, their families, their health, protection, needs, SALVATION? Furthermore, are you praying and asking God to give you the wisdom and ability to use your influence in a way that’s pleasing and honorable in His sight? Are you asking God to help you to lead lost souls to Jesus?
These are questions that I have begun to ask myself more and more, starting last year, as the Holy Spirit began to minister to me about the importance of prayer for others and the power that I have, through Jesus Christ, in prayer. God began to help me to step outside of my comfort zone–praying for and with people more often. I’m still not where I want to be, and definitely not yet where God would have me to be, because I still have such a sense of urgency in my heart about it. There is so much work to be done. But praise God that when He has a work for you to do, you will not rest until you are actively doing it!
Before Jesus was betrayed and handed over in the garden of Gethsemane to be wrongly accused, mocked, ridiculed, and crucified, guess what he was doing. He was praying for the protection of his current followers (disciples) at the time, and for all those who would become his followers.
When God became angry when the Israelite congregation demonstrated a lack of gratitude and impatience, molding a false God to serve, Moses did not abandon the people whom He led out of Egypt. He petitioned God for mercy and prayed that God would not utterly destroy the people.
When the servant of the prophet Elisha was fearful of the army that surrounded them, the prophet was patient with the servant’s lack of faith, and prayed–asking God to open his servant’s eyes so that he could see through Spirit the greater army that encamped around them–God’s army of angels.
The Word of God tells us that we have the power to heal the sick, that we should confess our sins to one another [not to condemn, or gossip about each other, but] to pray for one another.
We are even instructed to pray for our enemies!
We have the power, by way of the Word of God, and Jesus Christ himself, who is the Word that manifested in human form and now residing in your heart, to bring any and all things that exalt against the word of God into obedience to the word of God–not just in our own lives, but in the lives of others as well!
Prayer is Powerful! Prayer works! If we didn’t have the power to bless and bring about change and influence in the lives of others through prayer, why would God instruct us to do so in His word. Why are there so many more examples in the bible of how God answered prayers of people on behalf of others?
The prayer of the righteous avails much! Don’t underestimate the power you have through prayer. Use your power to press and pray–not just in your life, but in the lives of others as well (especially those within your sphere of influence).
2 Kings 6:14-17
Exodus 32:11-14, 31-32
James 5: 13-16
1 Corinthians 10:3-5