I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men….. For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour, Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth.
1Timothy 2 :1,4
God delights to have His children come to Him in prayer. It is often said, “There is power in prayer“, and James 5 is a much-quoted passage on prayer: The effective prayer of a righteous man can accomplish much. James 5:16 But the real power behind the prayer is God, to Whom the prayers are offered. It is God Who hears the cries of His children and He is a God that answers prayers. No business transacted touches a life so deeply as prayer, No work undertaken throughout our life – so deeply affects those we love.
Paul exhorts that: men ought always to pray, and to pray without ceasing. But believers ought also to learn to pray aright – to pray in spirit and in truth. We ought to search out the heart of God, so as to pray into His will and purpose.
How we long for loved ones to be drawn by the Holy Spirit to a saving faith in Jesus, and our intercessory prayers can often have a part to play: for no man comes to Me, except the Father which hath sent Me draw him John 6:44. How we need to pray that God’s will is done in their lives and in our life too. The Lord is not willing that any should perish. The Lord wills that all should come to repentance. 2Peter 3:9
How we need to pray that God will lift the veil of unbelief from the eyes of so many – a veil the evil-one has placed over the eyes of so many of our loved ones. How we need to plead that the Spirit will reveal to them the truth about the Lord.. to protect their hearts and minds from the lies and deceptions of Satan: for the god of this world has blinded the minds of unbelievers, to keep them from seeing the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ. 2Cor.4:4
How we need to pray for the good news of Calvary to take root in their hearts.. that Satan won’t be permitted to steal the precious seed of the gospel sown in their hearts – that God would open their hearts to understand the hope of Christ’s salvation: for when anyone hears the word of the kingdom and does not understand it, the evil one comes and snatches away what has been sown in his heart. Matt.13:19
How important that we pray that they hear and believe.. that God would show the lost their own sinfulness.. that He remove any strongholds, thought patterns, and religiosity – that He shows them the folly of materialism, of fear and of self: for the Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some men count slackness, but is long-suffering to us-ward not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.” 2Peter 3:9
How we desire that each seeking one is given the faith that they may believe in Him: for God has dealt to each one a measure of faith. Rom.12:3 and how we pray that God will use whatever means is necessary to get their attention.
We know that God hears the prayers of His saints, so it’s important that we pray. It’s important that we pray in faith and that we trust Him to hear and to answer. How needful that we think rightly, asking Him to remove any doubt from our mind: for assuredly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain: ‘be removed and be cast into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that those things he says will be done, he will have whatever he says.” Mark 11:23
We need to be in agreement in our prayers with other believers, knowing that: if two of you agree on earth concerning anything that they ask, it will be done for them by My Father in heaven” Matthew 18:19. We need to glorify Him in our prayers, knowing, whatever you ask in my name, this I will do, that the Father .. may be glorified in the Son” John 14:13
We need to be thankful in prayer – thanking Him for the answer that is to come: we always thank God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, when we pray for you, Col.1:3. We thank Him that He is utterly faithful to keep His promises to us, for if you ask Me anything in My name, I will do it. John 14:14
We need to pray that God will send the opportunities to share the Gospel with unbelievers: pray also for us, that God may open for us a door for the word, to declare the mystery of Christ. Col.4:3. We need to pray that we will be effective in sharing the gospel: I pray that the sharing of your faith may become effective or the full knowledge of every good thing that is in us, for the sake of Christ. Phil.1:6
We need to pray that God will raise up those to minister to the lost, the hurting and the bereft: pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out labourers into his harvest.” Matt.9:38 We need to follow the lovely example of Jesus – Who Himself needed time to pray: for Jesus would withdraw to a desolate place and pray. He went out to the mountains to pray, and all night He continued in prayer to God.” Luke 5:16
We need to pray for all believers.. in our continuing and unceasing prayers: we have not ceased to pray for you, asking that you may be filled with the knowledge of His will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding. Col.1:9. We need not only to pray for others, but to value and accept prayers from others too: brothers, pray for us. 1Thess.5:25
We need to ask Him to remove any doubt that we may have – for He is faithful to answer prayer: truly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, ‘be taken up and thrown into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that what he says will come to pass, it will be done for him. I tell you, whatever you ask in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.” Mark 11:23
And we need to pray in agreement with other believers as we kneel to pray: for if two of you agree on earth about anything they ask, it will be done for them by My Father in heaven. Matt.18:19 – For where two or three are gathered in My name, there am I among them Matt.18:20
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