In my last Time With the Family post, I had just begun to address intercessory prayer. I left off asking you to consider who in your life has a need for our prayer on their behalf? What is God’s will for your prayers regarding that person?
Think hard about that second part. It’s so much more than just praying what you want for their lives.
“Lord, please take this cancer from my friend.”
“Jesus please help my sister to see how wrong her behavior is.”
None of these is inherently sinful. They’re good wishes. They’re loving wishes. But they’re our wishes.
And that’s what it all comes down to….In this world, there will be suffering. There will be things that don’t make sense. Had I lived in the days of Christ, I’d have prayed that God keep Jesus from being crucified. Looking back now, we all know why it was so important that He did die on that cross. We now know the true love and beauty in God’s perfect plan for our Salvation but had I been there, in that day and time, I could never have known the wrongness of such an innocent and love-inspired prayer. Continue Reading →