Words from the Heart for Sunday December 8th, 2019
With this in mind, we constantly pray for you, that our God may make you worthy of his calling, and that by his power he may bring to fruition your every desire for goodness and your every deed prompted by faith.
2 Thessalonians 1:11 (NIV)
Praying for Others
Prior to 1944, in British Columbia, the Public Schools Act (1872) permitted the use of the Lord’s Prayer in opening or closing school. In 1944, the government of British Columbia amended the Public Schools Act to provide for compulsory Bible reading at the opening of the school day, to be followed by a compulsory recitation of the Lord’s Prayer. This amendment appeared as section 167 of the Public Schools Act.
We need to pray for each other. God puts on our hearts those that need us to pray for them – we just need to be conscious of this and listen carefully to what the Holy Spirit puts on our hearts about others. He does reveal to us what the needs are for which we should pray. Paul writes this in 2 Thessalonians 1:11: “With this in mind, we constantly pray for you, that our God may make you worthy of his calling, and that by his power he may bring to fruition your every desire for goodness and your every deed prompted by faith.” Paul knew the people in the church in Thessalonica. He knew that they had a desire for goodness and were faithful in serving others. So Paul prays that God might help them bring to fulfillment the longings of their hearts. You are aware of the needs of others. How often do you take those needs to the Lord in prayer? When people come to mind, take time to lift them up to the Lord in prayer. It is likely that He has brought them to mind at just the time they need you to praying for them. Be constantly sensitive to the leading of the Holy Spirit in praying for others.
These have been words from the heart.