Pray For

by Pastor Mark Jordan

But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be children of your Father in heaven.” (Matthew 5:44-45a, NIV) 

God convicted me the other day. Don’t you just love when that happens?! I was praying about a situation and a person where I sense conflict. In my prayer time, I felt God tell me it was time I quite praying about this person, and start praying for this person. The shift might seem subtle. I assure you, it’s not.

When I stopped praying about this person, and started praying for this person, I felt differently about things. I was able to see the circumstances from a different point of view. The callousness in my spirit softened. I developed a deeper appreciation for everything involved. It also reinforced my faith that God is more concerned about the nuances than I could ever be.

Are you dealing with something, or someone, that you have been praying about? Why not quit praying about it, and start praying for it. You might just notice a change…beginning with yourself.

Prayer: Dear Lord, thank you for the gift of prayer that changes me, even and especially in those times I aim to use it to change someone, or something, else. I want to be more like Jesus, and know it begins by seeing us all as your children. In Christ’s holy name I pray, amen.

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