When Praying for Others
The Lord desires to not only teach us how to pray, but how
to “pray effectively.” Therefore, when we pray,
we must ask the Lord for guidance as to how to pray.
When we pray, and do not receive the results we desire, it
may be that there are influences, or unknown issues which
are affecting or hindering the answer to our prayers. The
person for whom we are praying, may be deeply affected by
the demands, or pressures that have been placed upon them
by others, that are beyond what they are capable of handling.
We may be aware that “life” and “energy”
are being drained from this person, but we may not see what
is causing this condition. They may not know either, but the
Lord knows. When we, in faith, reach out beyond the known,
and ask for His intervention in their behalf, He will respond.
As we pray for them, we should come against the opposition
that is affecting them, and then ask the Lord to still the
“wind” and the “waves,” so that they
can see the shoreline, and know that it is not only there,
but within reach.
In their behalf, we should ask the Lord to remove these opposing
forces, in whatever way He chooses, and then to reveal His
mercy and understanding, not only to the person being prayed
for, but also to those who may be the cause of the need, or
If we simply pray to keep a drowning man afloat, the need
may not be fully met. Our prayers should be directed to rescue
him completely; not only from the water, but also from the
fear, emotional and physical stress, as well as any tormenting
memory, that may have resulted from almost drowning.
Also, it is not enough to just ask the Lord to give someone
peace. We are to ask for wisdom, as to how to pray correctly
concerning their “lack” of peace, and for a correction
in them, and in the surrounding situations, that “caused”
this loss of peace.
May we learn how to effectively pray, with an authority,
that is directed at the need.