Do you care for others? Are you selfish, only looking out for your own interest? Do you pray for others’ needs and their well-being? Are you only praying for your own wants? What do you think God wants you to do?
There is nothing wrong with praying for our needs. It isn’t even wrong to pray for our wants, as long as our wants fall in line with God’s desire for us. It’s when we only look inwardly, at only our wants that we become disobedient to God.
We are to love all people and especially those who belong to God. The people in this world need to see our love for them. They need to see the love God has for them. Obviously, we can’t show our love for all people individually, but that doesn’t mean we can’t take action for all people individually. How you may ask?
Paul gives Timothy some basic instructions in his first letter to him. Instructions that are just as relevant for us today. We can pray for all people. This may sound daunting yet is not as difficult as you may think.
We can start by praying for those in our family. I’m sure we all have people in our family who are struggling with something. Stop, think, and pray. Name the specific person and the specific need. Pray for healing, for jobs, for financial stability, for positive relationships, and any other need you see.
We can expand our prayers to our community. Watch the news, read the paper, read the online community news to be aware of the needs. Pray for those needs specifically. Pray for whomever is in the ambulance as it passes by. Pray for the store clerk that seems to be having a bad day. Pray for the utility worker repairing the power lines in the storm.
We can continue to expand our prayers to our nation. Pray that elections are conducted without interference. Pray that our representatives and leaders carry out God’s desires for our country. Pray the people of our nation will turn their hearts to God and follow His instructions.
Finally, pray for rest of the world. Pray for those who are being persecuted because they are Christian. Pray the leaders of other nations will carry out God’s desires for those nations. Pray for those who are affected by natural disasters.
I pray that we all intercede for others. I pray that we all come to understand this is an important task that God has given each of us. I pray each one of us will pray for someone other than ourselves this very day. Pray for your family. Pray for your community. Pray for your country. Pray for the world. Pray continually. Pray for others.
1 Timothy 2:1-4 I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people—for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. This is good, and pleases God our Savior, who wants all people to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth.