The gift of prayer
You also helping together in prayer for us, that thanks may be given by many persons on our behalf for the gift granted to us through many. 2 Corinthians 1:11
The gift of prayer! Have you ever thought of it that way? That you are actually giving someone a gift when you pray for them? If you think about it, it makes perfect sense. You are taking someone’s personal concerns and requests right into the presence of the eternal God of the universe and your Heavenly Father. What a gift that truly is.
Consider this: if you went to a king or president here in this world for someone, wouldn’t that be considered a gift if you were able to use your influence with that person of authority to help someone? Think of it this way, you have a friend or family member who has a need whether physical or for direction in a decision they are facing. They talk it over with you for wisdom. You in turn take it before the King of kings. You enter into His gates with thanksgiving and into His courts with your praise as you tell Him about your friend’s concern. You are thankful to Him for receiving you and you praise Him for listening and that He has the solution or even brings the answer personally.
God in heaven is greater than any king on earth. There is no one of majesty or royalty that will attend to every situation here in this world. However, when you take the circumstances to your loving Father, He hears, and He shows up. I can think of no greater gift than to lift others up in prayer.
What about taking others to prayer with you. This is like bringing your friend or family member right into the presence of God with you. What a great honor! When someone comes to you to talk about the things they are dealing with, take them by the hand and tell them I have a gift for you. Then lead them right into to presence of your eternal Father by praying.
Paul talks about the gift of prayer in today’s verse. He told the Corinthians that they helped him and his team by their prayer and he is thanking them for this gift of prayer that was offered by all of them. He recognizes that they have come together in agreement and talked to God on his behalf. Paul thanks the church for this great gift of praying for him.
The bottom line is, prayer is not only an honor and privilege given to us by our Father in Heaven, it is also a gift we have permission to share with others. It doesn’t even have to be another believer we bring to God, in fact He wants us to bring all people we know to Him, and even those we don’t know as well. We can bring them to Him in prayer and help them through whatever they are up against.
Today I want to encourage you to give the gift of prayer. Don’t just pray about your own needs, take the needs and issues of those you love with you in prayer. You can even pray with those who need prayer and don’t know where to turn. Give the gift of prayer to your Pastor and missionaries around the world. The gift of protection and provision can be given through your interceding for all who carry the gospel to the lost. Lastly, keep giving. Don’t make it a one time thing, give every day in your prayer for others and be watching how you take others with you as you pray their solutions from the spiritual realm into this world.
Today’s scripture reading: 2 Corinthians 1:8-14