Words from the Heart for Saturday October 15th, 2016
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)
Pray for All the People
In order to flourish in our life and faith, we need God to be at work in our politicians, in our workplaces, in our families, and in our friendships. When was the last time you prayed for your political leaders? Your workplace? Your family? Your friend? Take a moment to pray for each one of these groups to receive help from God.
This past March, the people at Angus Reid polled 1,520 Canadians about their prayer lives. Not surprisingly, the vast majority of Canadians – 68% – say that they pray. 20% say they pray daily and when asked what they pray about, the regular prayers mostly give thanks to God for their blessings. Those who pray less frequently usually ask God for something. Respondents of the survey were asked what words they use in prayer. Overwhelmingly, 50 per cent of people said they have a “personal conversation with God,” whereas just six per cent said they recite memorized words. Forty-one per cent said they do both. Regardless of how frequently people pray, or whether they embrace or reject religion, the survey shows that most people — 63 per cent — think prayer adds something to their lives.
There is within every human being a desire to connect with their Creator. They may not recognize this, or admit it, but polls like the March 2016 Angus Reid survey prove it. Human beings are aware of our frailty and recognize that for so many reasons we need the help of someone much greater than ourselves. And so prayer results. The Bible is filled with prayers and teaching on prayer. In 1 Timothy 2:1 we read this: “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.” One of the greatest gifts we can give others is to pray for them. Paul here is very clear – we are to pray for all people. That will make for a very long prayer list. I love prayer warriors. They keep journals of prayer needs and record answers to prayer. They genuinely care about others and when they promise someone they will pray for them, they pray! But it shouldn’t just be prayer warriors. The command here is for all of us to pray. The people around you all have needs – find out what their needs are and then pray for them. The leaders in your church, city, province and country need your prayers. Pray for them. Intercede for them, and you will find something mysterious happening. You will begin to see them through Jesus’ eyes and you will give thanks for them. Who can you pray for today?
These have been words from the heart.