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Everyone needs someone to pray for them.
Today’s verse comes from a well-known Biblical story. Lazarus is sick; his sisters send a messenger to Jesus to tell Him the news. The siblings, Mary, Martha, and Lazarus, all knew Jesus personally. They were faithful followers, trusting Jesus completely. But they couldn’t go to Jesus because of the situation. A messenger carries the message to Jesus.
When we hear news of someone struggling, we feel helpless. But we aren’t. Prayer is the most powerful thing you can do for someone else. Talking to God about the hardships in people’s lives makes us a messenger. Another term people use is intercessor: a person who intervenes on behalf of another, especially by prayer. The best person to talk to about other people to is Jesus. When we pray, God moves.
Prayer gives God glory.
When Jesus arrives, Lazarus is in the tomb. He died four days prior. From the human perspective, the story is over. However, Jesus knew better. After having the stone removed from the tomb, Jesus spoke these words:
“Lazarus, come out!” (John 11:43 GW)
Lazarus’s death was necessary for God’s glory. The story is more poignant because he died. Overcoming death is what Jesus does, not only for Lazarus but all of us. Victory is God’s.
If we didn’t have struggles, we wouldn’t have victory; we can’t have life without death. In all things, God is in control. We might disagree with His timing, but that doesn’t mean it’s wrong. When you hear of someone’s hardship, pray first. Talk to God for others. Watch as He works all things for the good of those who believe and trust in Him (Romans 8:28 GW).
Become a messenger to God. Lift the struggles of others to their Creator. In His time, God will move. When He does, God’s glory will reign.
Dear Lord, thank You for Your goodness and mercy. Forgive us for not talking to You more. Help us today to make prayer our first line of defense. When we hear of others struggles, whether stranger or friend, let us become messengers. Let us take their messages to You. As victory occurs, to You goes the glory. IJNIP. Amen
Question for reflection
Who needs you to pray for them today?