Words from the Heart for Saturday October 16th, 2021
I urge you, first of all, to pray for all people. Ask God to help them; intercede on their behalf, and give thanks for them.
1 Timothy 2:1 (NLT)
This past August, a Chinese court upheld a death sentence against Canadian citizen Robert Schellenberg. Schellenberg has been detained in China since 2014, when he was accused of attempting to smuggle 225kg of methamphetamine to Australia. He has maintained his innocence. In December 2018 he was sentenced to 15 years but after he appealed a retrial was ordered and the Dalian intermediate people’s court instead ordered his execution. Canada has promised to intercede on his behalf, as they do for any Canadian sentenced to death.
Followers of Jesus have a great responsibility that is also a great joy. We are called to pray for each other. There is never a lack of need. Get together with a group of people and ask for prayer requests and the list can be never ending. Health needs, family issues, relationship problems, financial challenges – these and a dozen other matters are called out. Paul commands us to be faithful in praying for each other. In 1 Timothy 2:1 he writes: “I urge you, first of all, to pray for all people. Ask God to help them; intercede on their behalf, and give thanks for them.” I love prayer warriors. They make long lists of prayer needs and never miss a one. But we can’t use their faithfulness in praying as an excuse for us not to pray. God calls every one of His followers to pray for all people – to intercede on behalf of others and to give thanks for them. Praying for the needs of our brothers and sisters is one of the greatest acts of love we can offer others. Keep on praying for others, asking God to help them. He will hear your intercession.
These have been words from the heart.