Don't Put It Off!
“…For this reason keep alert and never give up; pray always for all God’s people.” (Ephesians 6:18b GNT)
When you are prompted in your heart to pray for someone, don’t put it off; don’t fall asleep; don’t let yourself get distracted by the devil. You never know what that person might be going through or how timely it is for you to call on the Lord for them at the very moment you feel led to do so. The person may not know they’re in trouble; or if they do, they may be so discouraged or far away from God that they’re unable to pray. In fact, a lot of people needing God’s help aren’t praying, so God is stirring others to pray. How amazing it is to realize that we can pray wherever we are now, and something can happen on the other side of the world as a result! That’s the power of intercessory prayer.
We ourselves need to be on the receiving end of such prayer as well. While the Lord is able to place us on someone’s heart at this very moment, the Bible also encourages us to ask for prayer. The great apostle Paul had the humility and faith to ask the church in Ephesus to pray that God might give him the words and the boldness to speak when he opened his mouth to share the gospel (see Ephesians 6:19). He believed in the power of prayer to accomplish the purposes of God. The truth is that it doesn’t matter whether we are a layperson or a pastor; whether it’s a matter of a personal need or a desire to be more effective in the work of the Lord. The bottom line is that we all need prayer.
So, today, whether you feel prompted in your heart to pray for someone, or you need to ask someone to pray for you, be encouraged to do so, even at this very moment! Who knows what God has in store if we just believe!
Read Ephesians 6:18-24.