Prayer for Others
Pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he will send forth labourers into his harvest. (Matthew 9:38)
A part of the reason we pray is to enforce change that God wants to happen on the earth. God desires people of all nations, ethnicities, and backgrounds to be saved. As we pray, we begin to enact what God wants to be done for His glory.
However, something else happens when we pray. When we pray for others, we begin to see them the way God sees them.
When I talk about praying for people, I mean to really pray for them. Don’t talk to God about them, griping and complaining about them. When you sincerely and passionately pray from your heart, God will begin to soften your heart toward them.
Maybe you have said, “I just can’t forgive so and so.” Yes, you can, if you begin to fervently and sincerely pray for them. You will come to a place where you love them.
Be forewarned! Don’t be surprised if when God has you pray for others, He also sends you to do something to help them. You might say, “I don’t know if I want God telling me to help them.” Do you want God to help you? He will have you sow the seed to help others first.
This is why God says, "Pray for your enemies” and “pray for leaders and all that are in authority.” As you pray sincerely and fervently, even for people you may not like, God will change your heart to see them with God’s eyes.
Practical Application – Is there someone that you have had trouble forgiving? Maybe there is a certain people group that you’ve harbored hatred towards. Pray fervently for them and allow God to change your heart.
Matthew 5:44; 1 Timothy 2:1-4