I’ll Pray For You

“And Isaac intreated (pleaded with) the LORD for his wife, because she was barren: and the LORD was intreated of him (granted his plea), and Rebekah his wife conceived.”

Genesis 25:21

Many years before the events described in this verse, Isaac’s father, Abraham, was promised his offspring would be so great it could not be numbered, but yet he did not have a son to carry out that promise. He grew old and things seemed hopeless, but Abraham knew God would provide. He was not aware of how God would do it, but he had the faith that God would. And He did! God miraculously gave elderly Abraham and Sarah a son, Isaac, who as we find him now, was going through the same thing his parents did years before. He was the beginning of the promised offspring, but without a child. He knew exactly what to do. 

I have heard many say, “If all else fails, pray and ask God.” I have also heard others use prayer as a last resort, as if it were something that only works in extreme conditions. I have been that way myself at times, using prayer when in a dire situation as if prayer were an ‘in case of emergency, break glass’ type of thing. Isaac did not go to the fertility doctor of the day, nor did he complain about the predicament he was in. He simply went to the LORD and asked on behalf of his wife because she was not able to have children. God heard and answered his prayer. Isaac knew of the promise God had made to his father, and I believe Isaac had learned faith from his father. Hebrews 11:1 states, “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.”

Prayer is a powerful tool that God has given us as His children, but we often don’t use it as we should. We ask others for things – advice, help, comfort, a listening ear – but we forget about the One who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or even think. Prayer is a way to communicate with our Father and tell Him our needs, praise Him, or simply spend time with Him. As the years have gone by in my life, I have come to realize that the needs of others have far exceeded my personal list of “needs.” I have seen others go through heartbreak, sickness, death, and other things I did not imagine were possible. I can always offer an listening ear, but more than that, I can intreat my God for the needs of others. I can lift up those who are in need of salvation and those who are at major crossroads of life. I know of no one other than Almighty God who can part the Red Sea and make the barren conceive.

What do you need to ask of God today? Who has asked you to pray for them that you have simply forgot about? We tend to forget about the needs of others until our needs become those same needs. We must make it important to bring to the Father the needs of others, and we must have the faith that He is able to do all that we ask. We know His will is for none to perish without His salvation, so we must pray for those who are in need of the Savior. What will be changed today because you simply asked God? Whose life will be impacted because you went to the Father to intreat for them? May we not use prayer as a last resort, but may we see it as an opportunity to spend time with our God. 

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