As I mentioned in another post, I remember missing out on my daily devotion once in the past four months. I think that’s a pretty good streak. I have been “blessed” with a good amount of time on my hands. I’ve been out of work for most of the year—”in between projects”. That means I’ve had a lot to think about in my free time (too much free time, in my opinion).
My prayers have been mostly about myself: struggles, lack of focus, financial trouble, etc. It’s been about me. I’m asking God to help me out anyway possible to get myself out of this rut. I’ve been looking for affirmation for what decisions (which I believe are mostly mine) I should take that will determine my future.
Yup, my prayers have been pretty selfish.
I’m not a big fan of taking entire versus out of context, but if you’re familiar with the story of Job, check the last chapter in his book. The Lord accepted Job’s prayer for his friends (Job 42:10). Praying for one’s behalf is intercession. I’ve never even realized this word is directly associated to praying to God in one’s behalf.
“Worship and intercession must go together; one is impossible without the other. Intercession means raising ourselves up to the point of getting the mind of Christ regarding the person whom we are praying (see Philippians 2:5)” -Oswald Chambers
So I’m trying something different (for the better) in my daily devotions. No longer will I pray to God only for myself. As a matter of fact, I’m going to try to pray to God for others only. He knows in my heart what I truly desire, but I feel I should refocus my prayers for those around me.
I must not forget that ten-plus years ago someone did pray for me to come to Jesus. Who knows how completely lost I would have been if that one Christian who knew me did not intercede.