Intercession or Interference

OCTOBER 5TH, 2022      |   How do we pray for our loved ones? We want them to be saved of course. We pray that they will draw near to God while seeking His heart and His will for their lives. We ask our Lord to increase their faith, making them strong and mighty warriors for Christ. These prayers reflect a mother’s heart, a father’s will, and a faithful friend’s desire. Amen?

Yet, that same devotion to our loved ones is what often drives us to jump headlong into the middle of a situation where God is at work. The Holy Spirit may be using a circumstance or poor choice as a teachable moment for that person’s growth. We plead to the Father to stop the pain and relieve the consequences; and when He takes too long, we try to fix it ourselves. We right the wrong, write the check, and become the defender. We “fix it.”

We know that God loves “our” people even more than we do. We must remember what pushed each of us into the arms of Jesus. No doubt it was only when He was all we had that we realized He was all we needed. Each of us should ask, “Do I love others enough to get out of God’s way and pray?” We must resist the urge to “do something” until we are sure God is leading us to
intervene!

Intercession or Interference

Now this is the confidence that we have in Him, that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. And if we know that He hears us, whatever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we have asked of Him.

–1 John 5:14-15 NKJV

Now this is the confidence that we have in Him, that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. And if we know that He hears us, whatever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we have asked of Him.

–1 John 5:14-15 NKJV

How do we pray for our loved ones? We want them to be saved of course. We pray that they will draw near to God while seeking His heart and His will for their lives. We ask our Lord to increase their faith, making them strong and mighty warriors for Christ. These prayers reflect a mother’s heart, a father’s will, and a faithful friend’s desire. Amen?

Yet, that same devotion to our loved ones is what often drives us to jump headlong into the middle of a situation where God is at work. The Holy Spirit may be using a circumstance or poor choice as a teachable moment for that person’s growth. We plead to the Father to stop the pain and relieve the consequences; and when He takes too long, we try to fix it ourselves. We right the wrong, write the check, and become the defender. We “fix it.”

We know that God loves “our” people even more than we do. We must remember what pushed each of us into the arms of Jesus. No doubt it was only when He was all we had that we realized He was all we needed. Each of us should ask, “Do I love others enough to get out of God’s way and pray?” We must resist the urge to “do something” until we are sure God is leading us to
intervene!

Lord, show me what part, other than praying, that I am to play here. Help me to keep my hands off until You send me.

Help me remember that You are God, and I am not! May your will be done.

Carol Lewis
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