Praying for Others

I am worn out waiting for your rescue, but I have put my hope in your word. My eyes are straining to see your promises come true. When will you comfort me? Psalm 119: 82,82, NLT

I have been breaking Psalm 119 apart as I read through it, and these were the two verses in the particular section I read that got to me the most-prayer. I started to think about prayer. Especially the part of this process that can be heartbreaking. Painful. Wear you out.

You pray and you don’t see change. You pray and you don’t see evidence that God is moving. You pray and people continue in their ways. It makes you just want to stop. And that is what I had been thinking about all morning…why had He allowed me to pray for others for so long, placed people on my heart over and over, only to change nothing.

And then He gave me an email. An email I subscribe to with the following subject: “Intercessory Prayer.” The Greek translation for intercession is “to pray or intercede for, or petition on behalf of.” As God’s children, those who have accepted His grace, well…He has given us this authority to do this for others. For those who need this grace, too. We become the pathway for others to see Christ.

But this is what often happens with me.

I forget who truly holds the power. I pray and think this powerful connection to intercede for someone means “I” am the one who is mighty to save. Then I become discouraged when the saving doesn’t happen. When the change doesn’t occur the way I want it to.

Here’s the deal:

Yes, we do have an immense power given to us through the Holy Spirit. We have a connection to the Father through Jesus, and when someone we care for needs grace, we can pray and activate God’s power. But we are not responsible for all that occurs after that.

We pray. Then God nudges. He speaks. He sends His Word. They can either answer, or reject Him. That’s not on us. That’s between them and God.

What do we do? We? We just pray. Then we let God handle the rest.

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