Early on in life I witnessed how God used my prayers to miraculously shift some things. On two occasions my late grandmother stopped breathing and was completely unresponsive. As my mom and others nervously scurried to dial the paramedics, I did the first thing I thought to do—pray. As I pressed into prayer, I earnestly sought God to save her and He did just that. In the midst of my intercession, she became alert once again. Both times, she didn’t even realize that anything had happened to her. In fact, once the emergency personnel arrived and checked all of her vitals, they couldn’t find anything wrong with her. It was truly as if what transpired really didn’t happened. After those circumstances, I realized that there was truly power in my prayers. I noticed how the Spirit spoke through me on those two evenings, and so did everyone else. Thus, I immediately became the go-to person when anyone was experiencing tumultuous times and required prayer. I considered it an honor to pray for those around me because it meant that the Jesus in me was shining through. I was never bothered or irritated when I received phone calls, texts or emails asking me to intercede with and for people. That is until, I hit a very rough patch in my own life.
My husband and I were about 2 years into marriage and having a hard time figuring it out. I felt as if my dreams of a fairy tale marriage were deflated and I was left with emotions of emptiness and discouragement. With all that was going on in my home, I felt like I was in no shape to be praying for anyone else. After all, I was in a bad place and I needed someone to pray for me! To make matters even more complicated, it seemed like everyone around me was having marital issues and wanted me to pray for their marriages. Surely I wasn’t able to pray them through when I couldn’t even get mine together, right? Wrong! Some time later, God reveled to me what happens when I push past my pain to pray for others.
After Job had prayed for his friends, the Lord restored his fortunes and gave him twice as much as he had before. (Job 42:10 NIV)
Most are familiar with Job’s story. The devil killed his children, his livestock, and his servants and afflicted his body with painful sores. If I were in Job’s shoes there is no chance that I would have even been considering another individual, let alone praying for them. Yet, Job exemplified pushing past his pain to pray for his friends. Job’s three friends, Eliphaz, Bildad and Zophar came to comfort him after they got word of his many troubles. The Lord became angered with Job’s three friends because they hadn’t spoken the truth about Him. (see Job 42: 7-9) Thus, Job prayed for them that God may show mercy to them.
Notice that after Job pushed past his pain and prayed for his friends God rectified his situation. Suppose Job had the same attitude that I did when I was going through in my marriage? He possibly could have totally missed his restoration blessing. My selfishness probably prolonged that season of my marriage too. However, I am now inspired to push past whatever pain I’m experiencing and continue to pray for those around me. I implore you to do the same!
Please forgive me for my selfish attitude as it pertains to my prayer life. Even when I am experiencing a hard time in my life, help me to continue interceding for my family, friends and others. Please give me the power to push past my own pain and be a blessing to people around me. In Jesus’ Name, Amen!
Ladies, today I EMPOWER you to push past your pain and pray for your loved ones! Even in your place of frustration, choose to intercede for those who are going through tough times as well. Your breakthrough could very well be on the other side of your prayers for someone else!
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Mrs. Kristen Harris is a wife, mother, entrepreneur and dedicated servant-leader. She is extremely passionate about women’s spiritual advancement, hence the founding of EmpowerMoments. As an avid reader, Kristen enjoys reading the Bible and other non-fiction pieces. Her driving inspiration is when God says to her: “For I know the plans I have for you, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” (Jeremiah 29:11) She currently resides outside of Chicago, Illinois with her wonderful husband and three lovely daughters where she is an active member of New Life Covenant Church.