We(Stevo’s Portal Team) gladly inform you about PRAYER FOR TODAY SUNDAY 30TH JULY 2023 – A PRAYER TO BOLDLY PRAY FOR OTHERS
Prayer points and Bible References for today. Remember, prayer is an act of worship & submission to God. It is a way you ask God to step in, take charge and continue to lead you on the right path. As you worship the Almighty God using this daily prayer point, believe in your heart that your victories for today are already established and no power or principalities can stop you in Jesus precious name, Amen
Today’s prayer focus: A Prayer to Boldly Pray for Others
“Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working.” – James 5:16
“Can I pray for you?”
To be honest, as a pastor’s wife, this is a phrase that I say often. Over the years, these simple words have sparked me to pray for people’s health, their children, and their emotional wellness. Those that I thought “had it all together” were in desperate need of someone to simply stand with them in prayer. To this day, even when I was bold enough to pray for a stranger, I have never been declined when I asked this question.
Yet, recently, I asked this same question to a new church member.
“How can I pray for you?”
Admittedly, there was a long pause when she heard the question. I wondered would this be the first time my innocent question would be rejected? Instead, she replied with the most unexpected words,
“No one has ever asked to pray for me in my life.”
As I stood in front of a woman in her late 30s, who had been in church for almost a decade, I could not believe the words she had uttered. No one. Not one person. Not one friend. Not one pastor had ever taken a moment to simply pause and ask? I was baffled and discouraged. How could it be that she had interacted with so many church circles and never encountered the power of praying with a friend? Although her response broke my heart, it was a reminder that I quickly realized I was not innocent in this matter. I had been guilty of feeling the tugging of the Holy Spirit to pray for a person but politely declined to do so. I was either too intimidated to ask, too busy, or thought I didn’t have a relationship with the person to do so.
Here’s the truth. Jesus taught His disciples how to pray for people. He showed them how to pray with authority over illness, cast out demons, and talk to their Father in heaven. And right before Jesus was arrested, He pleaded with His disciples to pray for Him as He was about to face the most pivotal moment of His earthly life.
Matthew 26:40 says, “Then Jesus returned to the disciples and found them sleeping. ‘Were you not able to keep watch with Me for one hour?’ He asked Peter. ‘Watch and pray so that you will not enter into temptation. For the spirit is willing, but the body is weak.’” (Berean Study Bible).
Jesus not only believed in the power of praying but the power of praying for one another. As believers, we cannot shy away from this part of our roles in the Body of Christ. We don’t need to be a pastor, ministry leader, or in Christ for long to pray with a friend or stranger. And truthfully, now more than ever, the world is searching for those who will have the compassion and discernment to see the needs of others and act on them. Prayer costs us nothing, but the profit can be endless. Let us never become too busy, prideful, or stubborn to pray for others.
PRAYER FOR TODAY 30TH JULY 2023.
Lord, I thank you that you trust me to pray for others. Although I am an imperfect being, standing in need of prayer myself, you choose to use me in this way. Forgive me when I have strayed away from praying out of fear of rejection. Help me not to take this for granted but to be humbled at the opportunity. God, I pray for boldness when you unction me to pray. Help me not become so wrapped up in who may see me, the person I am praying for, or the setting I am praying. Let me be a vessel to minister to others in prayer.
In Jesus’ name, amen.
This Is the Assurance of Answers to Your Prayers – Matthew 7:7-11
Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and the one who seeks finds, and to the one who knocks it will be opened.
Or which one of you, if his son asks him for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a serpent? If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will YOUR FATHER WHO IS IN HEAVEN GIVE GOOD THINGS TO THOSE WHO ASK HIM!
Please pray with all your heart and remember to share these prayer points with someone. Have A blessed day as you pray!