PrayerConnect for January 24, 2017
What Your Prayers Can Do for Others
- You can save their life. “Herod stretched out his hand to vex certain of the church, and he killed James . . . proceeded further to take Peter also . . . but prayer was made without ceasing unto God for him” (Acts 12:1, 2, 5). “The Lord had brought him out of the prison” (Acts 12:17).
- You can move God to help someone. “Is any among you afflicted? Let him pray. Is any sick among you? Let him call for the elders of the church; and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord: and the prayer of faith shall save the sick” (James 5:16).
- You can contribute to a peaceful society. “I urge . . . that request, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for everyone for kings and those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives, in all godliness and holiness” (I Timothy 2:1-2 NIV).
- You can help protect others from temptation. “Simon, behold, Satan has desired to have you, that he may sift you as wheat, but I have prayed for thee, that thy faith fail not” (Luke 22:31, 32).
- You can help pastors be successful in ministry. “Strive together with me in your prayers to God for me, that I may be delivered from them that do not believe in Judaea, and that my service which I have for Jerusalem may be accepted of the saints” (Romans 15:13).
- You can help people understand spiritual things. Paul prayed for the Ephesians, “Making mention of you in your prayers, that God . . . may give you a spirit of revelation and wisdom . . . the eyes of your understanding being enlightened, that ye may know . . .” (Ephesians 1:16-18).
- You can contribute to others’ spiritual growth. “I bow my knee to the Father . . . that he would grant you . . . to be strengthened with might . . . that Christ my dwell in your hearts . . . that ye might be filled with the fullness of God” (Ephesians 3:14-18).
Want to change the world? Want to impact lives? Give yourself to prayer.
Have a blessed week.