May
13
2011

Another way to pray for your loved ones

The Lord showed me something recently from the scriptures that I’d like to share
with you.

A lot of us spend time praying to God for our spouse, children, friends and our
loved ones –both saved and unsaved for a variety of needs. A lot of times when
we lift them up before God, we pray from our perspective asking God to either
save them or meet whatever need they may have.

As I was praying for a loved one recently, I started to pray that they would fulfil
God’s will for their lives. In other words, whatever the purpose God sent them
into the world to perform, may they fulfil it. I extended this prayer my
unsaved loved ones. I realised that by praying this way, I was aligning myself
with God’s will. God’s agenda for them became my agenda for them.

This is the same principle that I believe Moses showed when he prayed for the Israelites
during their time in the wilderness. This incident is recorded in Exodus
32:11-23 (by the way a similar incident is also recorded in Numbers 11:23).

In the Exodus account , the people had shown great disrespect to God by making a
golden calf (an idol) and substituting it for the worship of the true God – so
soon after they had been given the 10 commandments that prohibited the worship
of idols. God was so fed up with the Israelites that he told Moses to move
aside (i.e. Moses should not pray for them), so God could destroy the people
and start a new nation afresh with Moses (Exodus 32:10). But Moses refused.
Why?

His reason is found in Exodus 32:11-13.

11 Then Moses pleaded with the LORD his God, and said: “LORD, why does Your wrath burn hot
against Your people whom You have brought out of the land of Egypt
with great power and with a mighty hand? 12 Why should the
Egyptians speak, and say, ‘He brought them out to harm them, to kill them in
the mountains, and to consume them from the face of the earth’? Turn from Your
fierce wrath, and relent from this harm to Your people. 13
Remember Abraham, Isaac, and Israel, Your servants, to whom You swore by Your
own self, and said to them, ‘I will multiply your descendants as the stars of
heaven; and all this land that I have spoken of I give to your descendants, and
they shall inherit it forever.’”[a]

Moses was concerned about God’s original agenda and prophetic word. He was concerned
for the honour of God’s name. God had promised Abraham 400 years before that Israel
would go into captivity but He would bring them out into the Promised Land.. By
praying this way, Moses was aligning himself with God’s original intention. God’s
will just had to be fulfilled. Full stop!

In the same vein when we pray for God’s purpose to be done in a loved one’s life,
we are praying God’s purpose over their live and standing as God’s intercessor
to bring about the fulfilment of His will. It’s being a prophetic intercessor
i.e. someone who stands before God asking for His revealed will to come to
pass. We need to look beyond whether the person is a saint or sinner. We pray
for God’s will to be performed in their lives

When God’s will is performed in their lives, I believe that all the needs we have
been praying for will also be met. When we pray like these, I believe that we
will see God’s divine hand upon their lives.

Just another thought for the day.  Until I appear in your inbox with more insight stay blessed

and thanks for all the encouraging words

Stay blessed

Ola

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About the Author: Ola Aroyehun

Ola Aroyehun editor of The Christian Business and Professional Magazine: a magazine dedicated to helping Christians apply biblical principles to their professional lives.

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