Pray for Others

Bible:

And Abraham went early in the morning to the place where he had stood before the Lord. And he looked down toward Sodom and Gomorrah and toward all the land of the valley, and he looked and, behold, the smoke of the land went up like the smoke of a furnace.

So it was that, when God destroyed the cities of the valley, God remembered Abraham and sent Lot out of the midst of the overthrow when he overthrew the cities in which Lot had lived. Genesis 19:27-29 ESV

Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working. James 5:16 ESV

Reflection:

Mowgli was a human baby boy, but he was being raised by Mother and Father Wolf, who had rescued him from the tiger Shere Khan. On the night of the full moon the wolf pack met. Shere Khan came to the pack to demand that they give Mowgli to him. The wolf pack would protect Mowgli if two animals, but not Mother and Father Wolf, would speak up for him. Baloo the bear and Bahgeera the black panther spoke for Mowgli, and so the wolf pack protected the little boy from Shere Khan.

Abraham was only one person, but God listened to his prayers for any righteous people in Sodom and Gomorrah. Abraham, of course, was mostly thinking of his nephew Lot, and God heard Abraham and rescued Lot from the judgment that fell on these cities.

God gives us the privilege of praying for other people when they are having problems or sorrows. God promises to hear our prayers and answer them in the way that is best. If you are worried about someone else’s trouble, you can take that worry to God and know that he will hear and help.

God hears the prayers of his children because of what Jesus did for us on the cross. Jesus took our sins away, and he is always praying to his heavenly Father for us. Because of the forgiveness Jesus won, God looks at us as righteous. We can be confident that God will always listen to our prayers for Jesus’ sake.

Prayer:

Dear Jesus, thank you for dying for us and for always praying for us. Please hear our prayers for ourselves and others. Amen.

Source:

Kipling, Rudyard The Jungle Book London: Macmillan Publishers, 1894.

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