10. Intercession and Petitions
All of us have needs and wants and God encourages us to go to Him with them. Some of us believe that there is no point in doing so because we feel God doesn’t listen to our prayers. This isn’t true. He listens to every prayer that we make, but on occasion He doesn’t answer them because: 1) it might not be good for us; or 2) He has something better in store for us. We need to be patient.
There is a way, however, to ensure that all our prayers are answered. In John 15:7, Jesus promises: “If you remain in me, and my word remains in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be given you.” This is an awesome promise. The way to make God deliver on it is by remaining in Him and letting His Word remain in us. How is that achieved? The answer is provided a few verses down. We achieve it by loving one another as Jesus has loved us! Try it and see if it does not work!
Another good way of ensuring that our prayers are answered is by ensuring that they fall in line with God’s will. Every prayer made with God’s will in mind has a very good chance of being answered. My own favorite prayer is this: “Father, make me the child you created me to be.” He’s answering it now, transforming me a day at a time into the person He made me to be. Make it your prayer too.
And while you are praying for this intention and others for yourself, spare a thought for the world too. Timothy urged “that requests, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for everyone.” (1 Timothy 2:1)
Some good things to pray for:
An end to war, violence and bloodshed
Food for the starving
A place to live for the homeless
Profitable employment for those without jobs
Stronger family ties and better relationships between married couples
A more responsible media
An increased holiness among priests, nuns and others serving God
Love and security for orphan children
Peace and hope for the suicidal and depressed
Healing for the sick
Upliftment of the downtrodden
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