Although, I’m still young in the Lord but when I was much younger in the faith, I had a practice of writing down people’s names and their prayer points and prayed for them every day until God answered the prayers.
I realised that over time I stopped doing this gracious act and the Lord reminded me at about 3am this morning and suddenly a few names came to mind. So I started to look around me to see who would make it on my prayer list. With a beautiful wife, 3 lovely children and a loving mother, I already had 5 names to get my prayer list off the ground. By the time I remembered friends and family who over the past few weeks and months had told me to pray for them and those God apparently had instructed to ask me to agree with them concerning their issues in prayers, my list had grown to over 10 names.
In Paul’s first epistle to the brethren in Thessalonica just before he concluded that book, he specifically asked the brethren to pray for them.
“Brethren, pray for us.” – 1 Thessalonians 5:23-25
The greatest way you can show love to anyone most especially those you will never meet is to pray for them. You might not be able to give them a £1000 but your prayers can cause God to do far more than what money can do for them.
So why write the prayers down? There is an old Chinese proverbs that says “the faintest ink is more powerful than the strongest memory” in order words what you don’t write you can forget, what you write will most likely endure if not destroyed.
Think about someone who can do much better today in life with your prayers and take them to God in prayers.
Pray for your church leadership, pray for your nation, pray for your extended family, pray for that colleague at work or even in church going through so much at the moment, pray for your neighbour to be saved, already your list is growing.
May the Lord honour your act of love and answer your prayers.
– Jeremaine Johnson