Philippians 1:4 Always in every prayer of mine for you all making request with joy,
Spirit and Love Driven Prayer - Romans 15:30
I urge you, brothers and sisters, by our Lord Jesus Christ and by the love of the Spirit, to join me in my struggle by praying to God for all in need.
The Holy Spirit intercedes for us when we pray (Rom. 8:26-27). The Holy Spirit pours love into our hearts to give us hope and endurance (Rom. 5:5). So it shouldn't surprise us that the love we have from the Holy Spirit moves us to pray for others in their struggles. Praying for others, what is sometimes called intercessory prayer, is a great gift empowered by the love that comes from the Holy Spirit's presence in our lives. Paul wanted this Spirit and love driven prayer to focus on his desire to proclaim Jesus, something we've focused on for several days. However, this Spirit and love driven kind of prayer can be offered for almost anything that another brother or sister in Christ needs. Let's remember that the love we feel for others and the prayer we are given by the presence of the Spirit are there to gift us and equip us to pray for others!
Today, Father, I want to pray for a number of folks on my heart who face struggles of all kinds. Some are family members ... some are friends ... some are faithful servants of your Kingdom doing your work in hard places ... some are grieving ... some face tough times ... some are making hard decisions ... some have family struggles ... some have great opportunities they don't want to miss ... some are overcoming addictions ... and there are many others. Please hear my prayer for them today. In Jesus' name. Amen.
Keep Cj in prayer, he needs a healing touch from God and all pain wiped away.Father God in Jesus name I ask for good health and peace to Cj, you hold his life in your hands , Bless him today with your sweet peace and comfort in Jesus name I pray.Continue
Anything is better than the dead calm of indifference. Our souls may wisely desire the north wind of trouble if that alone can be sanctified to the drawing forth of the perfume of our graces. So long as it cannot be said, "The Lord was not in the wind," we will not shrink from the most wintry blast that ever blew upon plants of grace. Did not the spouse in this verse humbly submit herself to the reproofs of her Beloved; only entreating Him to send forth His grace in some form, and making no stipulation as to the peculiar manner in which it should come? Did she not, like ourselves, become so utterly weary of deadness and unholy calm that she sighed for any visitation which would brace her to action? Yet she desires the warm south wind of comfort, too, the smiles of divine love, the joy of the Redeemer's presence; these are often mightily effectual to arouse our sluggish life. She desires either one or the other, or both; so that she may but be able to delight her Beloved with the spices of her garden. She cannot endure to be unprofitable, nor can we. How cheering a thought that Jesus can find comfort in our poor feeble graces. Can it be? It seems far too good to be true. Well may we court trial or even death itself if we shall thereby be aided to make glad Immanuel's heart. O that our heart were crushed to atoms if only by such bruising our sweet Lord Jesus could be glorified. Graces unexercised are as sweet perfumes slumbering in the cups of the flowers: the wisdom of the great Husbandman overrules diverse and opposite causes to produce the one desired result, and makes both affliction and consolation draw forth the grateful odours of faith, love, patience, hope, resignation, joy, and the other fair flowers of the garden. May we know by sweet experience, what this means.