Word4Today Daily Bible Devotional

by Bob and Debby Gass

How to pray for other people

Grace, mercy, and peace from?Jesus Christ.

1 Timothy 1:2
Paul prayed for three things to be given to those he loved. So when you?re not sure how to pray for others, what better example than this one where he asks God to give Timothy: (1) Grace: Peter says, ?God, who gives all grace, will make everything right. He will make you strong?support you and keep you from falling? (1 Pe 5:10 NCV). This word grace implies ?all of God you?ll ever need to handle whatever you?re facing.? That?s worth praying for, isn?t it? (2) Mercy: A large publishing house has a machine that automatically mails reminders to its readers that their subscriptions have expired. One day it malfunctioned and a rancher in a remote Colorado town received 9,734 notices! So he drove for kilometres to the nearest post office, mailed in his cheque, and wrote, ?Send me the magazine. I give up!? That?s how it is with God; He keeps sending us notices! The Bible says, ?Because of the Lord?s great love we are not consumed, for His compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is Your faithfulness? (Lam 3:22-23 NIV). (3) Peace: ?All who listen to Me shall live in peace and safety, unafraid? (Pr 1:33 TLB). What a gift to know that God?s peace can sustain you through the worst situations. And the kind of peace He gives is different from what the world offers (See Jn 14:27). At best, the world?s peace gives us temporary relief; but ?the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds? (Ph 4:7 NIV). So the next time you?re praying for someone ask God to saturate them in His grace, mercy, and peace.

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