Tuesday, May 19, 2009
When I Think of You...
In church Sunday, one of the gentlemen who helps with the services, was speaking to the congregation and said, "When I think of you, I pray for you."
Both his face and his voice spoke so strongly of the sincerity which filled his heart, and I have no doubt that wherever he is, or whatever he is doing, when one of these dear ones comes into his remembrance, he immediately prays for them.
This is what Paul stated to the Philippians, "I thank my God upon every remembrance of you. " (Philippians 1:3) What a blessed thing to think that there is someone somewhere praying for us at any given time. Surely we will find in eternity that we have grossly underestimated the power of prayer for our brothers and sisters and the strength of theirs for us. How many times have we been in a situation and found unexpected strength? Unexpected patience? How many times have we found a way in darkness? How many times have we found that item that has been lost? Or narrowly escaped injury or danger? We cannot believe this to be the result of sheer chance or fate. No, this is the result of the prayers of the saints being offered up for us of which we are even unaware.
Let us choose to realize that there are others taking a part in our lives that we cannot see. Perhaps today I am extremely busy at work (and today we were very busy!), I can take a second and think, "Someone is praying for me now," and be encouraged that my name is being lifted up to the Father.
"How do you know someone is praying for you?" you may ask me. I can't know for sure at any given moment that a brother or sister in Christ is praying specifically for me, but this one thing I do know. That the Lord Jesus " is able also to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by Him, seeing He ever liveth to make intercession for them. " (Hebrews 7:25) The Lord Jesus lives to make intercession for me. For ME.
Not only that, "but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered. And He that searcheth the hearts knoweth what is the mind of the Spirit, because He maketh intercession for the saints according to the will of God. " (Romans 8:26, 27) So the Holy Spirit also makes intercession for me. For ME. For you! At any given moment the Lord Jesus and the Holy Spirit make intercession for us.
Is the moment difficult? They are praying for us. Is the moment dark and sad? They are praying still. Is the moment full of the misunderstanding of others? They are praying. Is the moment full of apparent need? They have not stopped praying. Their prayers for us know no end.
What comfort this should be to our weary hearts, what joy to our souls! The Captain of our Salvation today, in this very moment, bows His knees to the Father in prayer for us. It should make us bow to our knees in return.