Thursday, February 24, 2011

The power of being prayed for -- Today's Devotion from Mike MacIntosh


“I have manifested Your name to the men whom You have given Me out of the world. They were Yours, You gave them to Me, and they have kept Your word."
John 17:6

Jesus showed us how important it is to pray for others. We see here that as He reported to the Father about His mission, He prayed lovingly about His followers. Jesus prayed for the disciples with real, earnest, and heartfelt expressions of love, warmth, and compassion. And the disciples were in earshot.

You see, they heard everything Jesus prayed. For some of the disciples, this may have been the very first time they heard Jesus acknowledge to God that He had a purpose for them and that He had accomplished that purpose. Do you have a prayer life like that? Do your friends and family know that you are praying for them? Have they ever actually heard you pray for them? Do your spouse and children know that you are praying for their future? Have they actually heard your prayer for them and about them?

Jesus modeled the power of being prayed for. His example is a prayer of intercession, full of compassion and warmth. Jesus lifted His eyes and voice toward heaven, and the people for whom He was praying were right there, listening. Would it overwhelm your heart if you could hear Jesus praying for you? It overwhelms mine. (By the way, Jesus does pray for you; it says so in Hebrews 7:25.) What if your best friend, or your neighbor, or your teacher, or even your boss heard you praying for them? How would they react? What would happen in their hearts? You can be a blessing to others as you pray for them with love and compassion.

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