Interceding for others
Praise the Lord! For he has heard my cry for mercy. The Lord is my strength and shield. I trust him with all my heart. He helps me, and my heart is filled with joy. I burst out in songs of thanksgiving. The Lord gives his people strength. He is a safe fortress for his anointed king. Psalm 28:6-8 NLT
Faith touches God’s heart and moves His hand to act on behalf of those whose faith is focused on Him. It is God’s hands that control everything in the creation. This was why David broke out in praising the Lord because by faith He can trust God. God was his strength when he was won out. It is God who provides to those who place their faith in Him. We live in a selfish world and we are prone to be selfish people. Our tendency most of the times is to be concerned with our selfish desires, what we enjoy, and what we want. What a great reminder to read David’s experience where he focused on honoring God. In this way, he was able to pray for others. He prayed for people’s salvation. He prayed for strength for others. He prayed that the Lord will be their shepherd who will lead and guide them. He prayed that the king will find God as his fortress. When we feel worn out and run down, let us turn to the Lord and trust Him. He is our strength and He will put a song of praise in our hearts so we could cry out, “Bless be the Lord.” Let us pray for others that the Lord will become their fortress and strength. Let us anticipate His answers by seeing Him respond to our prayers. Let us ask God to help us intercede for others. “When I think of all this, I fall to my knees and pray to the Father, the Creator of everything in heaven and on earth. I pray that from his glorious, unlimited resources he will empower you with inner strength through his Spirit. Then Christ will make his home in your hearts as you trust in him. Your roots will grow down into God’s love and keep you strong. And may you have the power to understand, as all God’s people should, how wide, how long, how high, and how deep his love is. May you experience the love of Christ, though it is too great to understand fully. Then you will be made complete with all the fullness of life and power that comes from God” (Ephesians 3:14-19).