Tuesday, April 10, 2012

After All

I urge you, first of all, to pray for all people. Ask God to help them; intercede on their behalf, and give thanks for them.
~ 1 Timothy 2:1, NLT ~

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An ambulance just squealed down the highway, lights ablaze.

Pray for the people inside it.

A tragic headline catches your eyes in the news.

Pray for those it effects.

Anytime a cord of your compassion is plucked by something you hear or see.





Well, unfortunately I'm prettyyyyy sure that means....ALL.

Enemies...jerks... politicians...line-cutters and speeders included.  *Aww, shucks...Sigh*

After all, they are people too, with hurts and hopes just like us.

After all, aren't those simply titles we give them for OUR emotions based on how they treat us?   

AFTER ALL, these people need help, right? So why not tell God and let HIM fix it!

Prayer is not just for the hurting, but for those who hurt others.

The type of prayer this verse talks about is a two-way street of blessing. It frees us from bad attitudes, self-focus, and resentment while also blessing the other person as we speak positive, thankful things about them in prayer along with asking God to help them.

We may, after all, be the only person that will.


MaggieB. said...

Thank you for this reminder. It is so helpful to remember that we all have our own things to work on and praying for others (instead of picking on them or talking about them!) is a great practice.
I hope you have a blessed day.

LadyD said...

It is great to have a new reader, I'm glad you were blessed by this. This post was a long time ago, and honestly, I needed the reminder just as much as you when I re-read it today. :)