Recently, in my Daily Verses and in my preaching, I shared with you about God's call for us to pray "for" Jesus. By that, I understand that to mean we are praying for God's blessing on His Son! I made this part of my message this past Sunday in our church and I'm sure there were those who just didn't "get it"! How in the world do we pray "for" Jesus? Why would we even think of God the Father needing us to pray for Him to bless His Son?!
Let me let my favorite "prayer author" respond. After quoting from Psalm 2:8 where God calls on His Anointed to "Ask of Me and I will give You the nations for Your inheritance" E. M. Bounds went on to say, "Ask of me is the condition--a praying people willing and obedient. 'And men shall pray for him continually.' Under this universal and simple promise men and women of old laid themselves our for God. They prayed and God answered their prayers, and the cause of God was kept alive in the world by the flame of their praying." God doesn't just mean for His Son to "ask of Me" for the nations, but God calls on us to pray to Him that He would bless His Son with more people to be added to His inheritance!
Yes, you and I can pray for more people to be won to Christ in order for Christ's inheritance to grow to "over-flowing"! I've put Jesus on the TOP of my prayer list! I want Him to be blessed with more and more precious souls won to Him that He will have His mansions FULL with redeemed men, women, young people, and boys and girls from every family, tribe, and nation on earth! A good disciple of Jesus will pray for their Lord to be pleased with a harvest of souls for His glory!
While reading Arthur T. Pierson's biography of George Mueller I just have to share an excerpt from that book. I trust the Holy Spirit will show you the importance of this.
"He saw that the so-called 'work of the Lord' had tempted him to substitute action for meditation and communion. He had neglected that 'still hour' with God which supplies to spiritual life alike its breath and its bread. No lesson is more important for us to learn, yet how slow are we to learn it: that for the lack of habitual seasons set apart for devout meditation upon the word of God and for prayer, nothing else will compensate.
"We are prone to think, for example, that converse with Christian brethren, and the general round of Christian activity, especially when we are much busied with preaching the Word and visits to inquiring or needy souls, make up for the loss of aloneness with God in the secret place. We hurry to a public service with but a few minutes of private prayer, allowing precious time to be absorbed in social pleasures, restrained from withdrawing from others by a false delicacy, when to excuse ourselves for needful communion with God and His word would have been perhaps the best witness possible to those whose company was holding us unduly! How often we rush from one public engagement to another without any proper interval for renewing our strength in waiting on the Lord, as though God cared more for the quantity than the quality of our service!"
These thoughts have inspired me more than a ton of sermons! Getting alone with God and spending time, much time with Him, as been more important to me than all the other activities of my ministry combined! I'm at a loss for words, wisdom, and effectiveness in my work when I neglect precious time with Jesus. May God literally break my body if that is what is necessary to bring me to His throne for my necessary strength for any effective ministry!