Dear Lord, I pray that you would give me strength to be strong for You in the world today. Lord, you know the struggles that I will face today. Be with me as I go through them. Carry me if I am too weak to move. If I stumble in them, forgive me Father. When I succeed in them, I will praise You! You are worthy of all praise and honor.
“My flesh and my heart may fail,
but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.”
Today, I will pray for others.
Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.
The Resource... The Word!
When Prayer Needs a Voice
Bible Reading: James 5:16-18
The earnest prayer of a righteous person has great power and wonderful results. James 5:16
HERB STOOD BACK, thumbs hooked in his armpits, admiring his baby-room paint job. His wife Beatrice spread Winnie-the-Pooh stick-ons all over the wall. They set up the crib, acquired an arsenal of diaper-changing supplies, and filled the dresser with baby clothes. They waited for the baby they were adopting to arrive, staring at each other blankly when none showed up on their doorstep.
And then they remembered-they hadn’t called the adoption agency!
It works the same way with friends being reborn into God’s kingdom. Wishes aren’t prayer. You can think all you want about how fantastic it will be when your non-Christian friends trust Christ. But those wishes are ultimately as effective as waiting for Storks ‘R Us to deliver the baby you plan to adopt. Until you pray, you haven’t done the one thing that brings people to spiritual birth.
Prayer is more than a happy thought. It’s an action. It’s spilling your heart straight to God. And here are some ways you can become an active pray-er:
However, prayer is just your first job-it isn’t your only job. At some point your friends who don’t know Christ need to hear the truth about what it means to be a Christian and be challenged to trust Christ. They need to know what Christ has done to provide forgiveness for their sin. They need an invitation to accept God’s gift of salvation-ditching the thought that they can save themselves and admitting that only what Christ has done will get them close to God and into heaven.
You can pray for your friends until you’re hoarse-but you’ll eventually need your voice to share the Good News with them. To become Christians, the people you’re praying for must hear the Good News and respond to it by trusting Christ.
REFLECT: Why has God given you the privilege of praying for friends?
PRAY: Talk to God about your attitude about praying for non-Christians. Tell him if you are eager-or apathetic.
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