Are You Ready to Pray for Others?

During one of service meeting in summer camp, Daniël van Deutekom was preaching of healing. After an hour of preaching, he told people with the prayer requests to raise their hands and team of ministers was ready to pray for them. I went to the preacher to interpret him. We came up with a boy whose foot hurt. Then Daniël turned to me and said to pray for him. He caught me out of guard. I thought I was there to interpret. But I agreed to pray. I thought ‘Lord, you are faithful to Your Word’ and prayed with the simplest words. The boy’s foot was healed.

When Daniël asked me to pray, I was even irritated to some point at first. I was there for another reason and he asked me to pray. I wasn’t ready. I didn’t have time to prepare for this kind of activity. Those negative emotions almost carried me away, when I had stopped them.

After the service meeting, one thought came up to me. Why do I have this attitude? Why do I have to prepare to pray for somebody? It’s even strange for a Christian to think that way.

If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, you will ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you.
John 15:7

It is considered as unspoken rule – before pray for anyone, pray to God first. To my mind, it depends on the situation. When a Christian prepares to serve people, they should pray and ask God about His plans for this meeting. On the other hand, if anyone needs a prayer right now, it is normal to pray without preparation. Unless we have a breakdown in communication with God, God is listening and answering our prayers. Heavenly Father is faithful to His Word.

Then Peter said, “Silver and gold I do not have, but what I do have I give you." 
Acts 3:6

Perhaps, this is the real reason. The power of God is ultimate and we seldom question it. But we doubt our abilities. We just do not feel capable or unworthy of God to use us. You know what?! It’s absolutely true because no one deserves this pure love and forgiveness. God is willing to use us as long as we want it.

But there is good news. It is not about you. God is the source of any healing or good gift. The secret here is not to think of ourselves in these moments, but to be focused on God. That’s it!

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