MORE THAN A MENTION
I appeal to you, brothers, by our Lord Jesus Christ and by the love of the Spirit, to strive together with me in your prayers to God on my behalf, that I may be delivered from the unbelievers in Judea and that my service for Jerusalem may be acceptable to the saints. Romans 15:30-31
Some of you are struggling for your lives whether spiritually, emotionally or physically. You know that you desperately need prayer but where are those who will cover your needs in a way that is more than just a quick mention? Where are the ones who will get on their face before God to listen to the Spirit on your behalf, to invest time and energy and be spiritually intuitive as to your needs? Who will cover your situation from every possible angle? They are few. And they are always the ones who believe in the power of God and the power of answered prayer.
Someone who is having surgery today needs a more strategic prayer than this ~ “Lord, be with him in surgery today and be in control. Amen” This is pretty lame, lazy, and shortsighted. Yet, this is what our prayer meetings sound like, isn’t it? Those who pray for someone facing surgery need to be thorough. What about praying for the surgeon to have a sound night’s sleep the night before? What about praying for the operating room to be filled with God’s glory and a host of angels? What about praying that any plans of the enemy to sabotage would be thwarted by the victory Jesus won for us on Calvary? What about praying that Jesus would be in control of every incision and movement of the surgeon’s hands? What about safe passage under anesthesia? What about a blanket of grace to cover the patient?
Paul nailed it when he asked his readers to ‘strive’ in prayer. It’s work. It’s investment. But he needed it. He knew he might face an angry mob. His life was at stake. And he knew that the church is often equally dangerous. The message of the Gospel can fall on unreceptive hearts.
For whomever I pray today, may God help me perceive the needs as He sees them. Someone’s life may depend on it. Praying without ceasing is often to cover the same situation from one new angle after another – as God gives insight.
Make me a kingdom strategist. Amen