28 Days: Day 12

SCRIPTURE

  • James 5:16 (NIV) 16 Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective.
  • 1 Timothy 2:1 (NIV) 1 I urge, then, first of all, that requests, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for everyone–  

OBSERVATION

“One thing more, the soul-winner must be a master of the art of prayer. You cannot bring souls to God if you go not to God yourself. You must get your battle-axe, and your weapons of war, from the armoury of sacred communication with Christ. If you are much alone with Jesus, you will catch His Spirit; you will be fired with the flame that burned in His breast, and consumed His life. You will weep with the tears that fell upon Jerusalem when He saw it perishing; and if you cannot speak so eloquently as He did, yet shall there be about what you say somewhat of the same power which in Him thrilled the hearts and awoke the consciences of men. My dear hearers, especially you members of the church, I am always so anxious lest any of you should begin to lie upon your oars, and take things easy in the matters of God’s kingdom. There are some of you—I bless you, and I bless God at the remembrance of you—who are in season, and out of season, in earnest for winning souls, and you are the truly wise; but I fear there are others whose hands are slack, who are satisfied to let me preach, but do not themselves preach; who take these seats, and occupy these pews, and hope the cause goes well, but that is all they do.”

(The Soul Winner Charles Spurgeon [Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1989]

UNDERSTANDING

All around us we see evidence of people who are struggling with and breaking under the stress and strain of everyday life; lost people who are at the end of their rope and without hope. In their time of need, they do not need judgment or condemnation or pithy Christian clichés. What they need is to feel the mercy and compassion of God from the people of God. There is no better way to convey that we care than to offer to pray for someone. Even the most skeptical or unreligious person will accept our offer and see it for what it is.

There is power in prayer! Not only in it’s power to communicate our love for the hurting, but it also releases the redemptive power of God into that person’s life and circumstances. Whether they ever admit it or not, they will understand that your prayers helped and God will use that truth to touch their hearts with His love.

LIFE APPLICATION

The next time someone shares a struggle or concern with you, offer to pray for them right then and there. If they decline, don’t be offended. Respect their feelings and let them know that you will be praying for them. Check in with them often, continue to walk with them through the struggle and be ready to rejoice with them when God answers your prayer on their behalf. Remember, people don’t care what you know until they know that you care. Care enough to pray!


  • Michelle Gaddi

    Thank you for this post Pastor! I was encouraged to text someone (2 days overdue though) that I could apply the life application to. 2 days overdue because of a couple reasons, but thanks for this post. It almost didn’t happen.

  • Robin Orefice

    James 5:13. “Is anyone among you suffering? He should pray. Is anyone cheerful? He should sing praises. Is anyone among you sick? He should call for the elders of the church, and they should pray over him anointing him with olive oil in the name of the Lord. The prayer of faith will save the sick person, and the Lord will restore him to health; if he has committed sins, he will be forgiven. Therefore, confess your sins to one another, so that you may be healed. The urgent request of a righteous person is powerful and effective.”
    That Scripture clearly identifies the key to answered prayer: The prayer of a righteous person!
    To be right with God, we need to rid ourselves of all filth and evil, and humbly receive the implanted Word, which is able to save us. We should not just be hearers of the Word, but doers, because if we are just hearers, we are only deceiving ourselves. If we want to be blessed in what we do, we are to be doers of the Word. Doers ‘do’ what Jesus did!
    If we want our prayers to be effective, the key is to be right with God.
    He is in us, and when we pray according to His Word, He answers our prayers! How important it is for us to know His Word so that we can pray according to it! One hindrance to our prayers being answered is when we are indecisive. The opposite of faith is doubt. How important it is for us to go to God, trusting Him completely, without wavering back and forth from day to day! “An indecisive man is unstable in all his ways.” (James 1:8).
    I pray for God to show me my heart, and to reveal anything that is not pleasing to Him, and that I will be willing to fully surrender, so that I am able to be right before Him.
    I thank Him for His convicting power, and for His ability to change my heart. I pray against any fear of letting go of anything that is standing in the way of me being right before Him.
    I pray He will heal me, and fill me with His wisdom. I pray when I ask in faith, that I will not doubt, as I remember that God generously gives to all who ask in faith!

  • Frank Alfonso

    S: PRAY!
    O: The scriptures say to confess and pray to one another so that WE may be healed.
    U: When we pray for one another, not only is the person we pray for being healed and comforted, but there is something that happens within us that allow us to be healed and sooth as well
    L: Lord always allow me to SEE the need of others for prayer, and understand that it is my responsibility to step up unselfishly. God does His best work when his followers put the words in action. I appreciate the reminder that it does not take long to offer a prayer to the Lord, nor requires a 3 point “message” but simply a prayer from the heart.

    • Tina Kudelka

      You are so right, Frank. Offering Prayer does not require a 3 point “message”. A simple prayer from the heart shows God’s Love and Your Love for that person. LOVE your Life Application.

  • Crystal

    On Thurs a man came into church ready to talk. A lot! LOL He was a lovely man who obviously knew the Word and a lot of political things. He was off & on homeless and wanted to know if we had weekday services because he was committed to another church on Sundays. I felt I should pray for him but it was late & I was alone so I excused it away. We said our good-byes and I had an awful feeling because I didn’t pray with him. Not 20 minutes later I received a call, way after hours, from a random caller. She obviously didn’t hear my greeting because she said, “Sorry I was looking for a church. I needed prayer.” I said she was calling a church and was happy to pray with her. I asked what she needed prayer for and she said, “I just need prayer.” I went on to pray and asked if she was from SCV. She wasn’t. I told her to call me back anytime. I don’t know what was going on in HER life but I know God was giving me another chance to exercise His power through me. I keep praying for both of those people and ask God to protect them. Javon & Victor Padilla 🙂

  • Tina Kudelka

    Scripture–Luke 10:34, 37. “Preach with your servanthood”
    “Going over to him, the Samaritan soothed his wounds with olive oil and wine and bandaged them. Then he put the man on his own donkey and took him to an inn, where he took care of him.

    Then Jesus said, “…Now GO and do the same.””
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    What is God saying to me?
    Jesus told us to be like the “Good Samaritan” who took care of a stranger who was beaten and in trouble and in deep need of help.
    It doesn’t need to appear this desperate for me to help. But, as I look around, people are hurting everywhere. And in deep need of the Love and Care that Jesus “hands and feet” have to offer.

    What will I do about it?
    Jesus tells us to “Go and do the same”.

    LORD,
    I pray that you will give me an attentive ear to hear your voice and respond to your direction. Whether it is a phone call, text, planning a lunch, bringing a meal, whatever you place on my heart…thank you for these quiet times of hearing. May the idol things that usually fill my day become less and less Important as I spend more and more time with you.

    Teach me your way O Lord that I may walk in your truth. Unite my heart to fear your Name. Psalm 86:11