by Pastor Ken
I exhort therefore, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercessions, and givings of thanks, be made for all men: for kings and all who are in high places; that we may lead a tranquil and quiet life in all godliness and reverence.
1 Timothy 2:1-2
It was about three AM one morning when I woke with the urgent feeling I needed to pray for a friend and church member named John. Knowing in my heart that this was the prompting of the Holy Spirit, I quickly started praying God’s protection over my friend in whatever circumstances he was in.
The next morning John called me saying, “I am thankful to be alive.”
When I asked why, he told me that in the wee hours of the morning—three am, to be exact—he’d been robbed at knifepoint. “That man was set to kill me,” John said, but suddenly he stopped, turned, and ran away.
Why I was prompted to pray on John’s behalf, I don’t know, but what I do know is that I was, I did, and my prayers were answered.
In 1 Timothy 2:1-2, Paul urges us to pray for others. He reminds us that doing so is part of living a Godly life. In these verses he also uses different words to describe prayer, which is talking/communicating with God, and to instruct us on how to pray…
Jesus prayed for us while he was here on earth. We see this many times in scripture. One example can be found in Luke 22:31-32 when he tells Peter about the prayers prayed on his behalf:
“Simon, Simon, behold, Satan asked to have you that he might sift you as wheat, but I prayed for you, that your faith wouldn’t fail. You, when once you have turned again, establish your brothers.”
Jesus Christ, God’s only Son died, was raised from the dead, and returned to heaven to sit at the right hand of God. The Bible tells us in Hebrews 7:25 that He is there to hear our prayers and intercede on our behalf to God the Father.
Therefore he is also able to save to the uttermost those who draw near to God through him, seeing that he lives forever to make intercession for them.
There are times we don’t know what or how to pray, but when if we have accepted Christ as Savior, we have the Holy Spirit to help us pray. The Holy Spirit knows our hearts as well as the heart of God; making it possible to pray for us even if those prayers are nothing more than tears and the groaning of a broken heart…
In the same way, the Spirit also helps our weaknesses, for we don’t know how to pray as we ought. But the Spirit himself makes intercession for us with groanings which can’t be uttered. He who searches the hearts knows what is on the Spirit’s mind, because he makes intercession for the saints according to God.
Because I am committed to sharing Jesus and the Good News of Salvation with as many people as possible, I am praying for you, too. I am praying that:
When you pray, God answers. When you pray, the Holy Spirit is poured out.
When you pray, God gives you wisdom and power. When you pray for others, they are offered comfort, strength, and protection.
When you pray, you receive the peace that passes all human understanding as Paul said:
In nothing be anxious, but in everything, by prayer and petition with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your thoughts in Christ Jesus.