HOW DO WE PRAY FOR OTHERS?

What are things you should consider when you are praying for other? This article will focus on several things we must believe when we are praying for others. To answer this question on ‘How to we pray for others?’ let’s take a look at several bible as examples of what you need to have when praying for others. This article will focus on the following things; wisdom and power, strength and knowledge of God’s love, discernment, spiritual understanding and knowing God’s will, steadfastness, and boldness in sharing the faith. All of these examples are also various type of prays we pray for others.

In the word of God, the bible, in Ephesians 1:18-20…18 the eyes of your understanding[a] being enlightened; that you may know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints, 19 and what is the exceeding greatness of His power toward us who believe, according to the working of His mighty power 20 which He worked in Christ when He raised Him from the dead and seated Him at His right hand in the heavenly places,in these verses the hope we have is not a vague feeling that the future will be positive, but is complete assurance of certain victory through God. This complete certainty comes to us through the Holy Spirit who is working in us. The world fears the power of the atom, yet we belong to God of the universe who not only created that atomic power, but also raised Jesus Christ from the dead. God’s incomparably great power is available to help you. There is nothing too difficult for God. So when you are praying for others you must believe in the wisdom and power of God.

Regarding the issue of strength and knowledge of God’s love it states in Ephesians 3:16-19… 16 that He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with might through His Spirit in the inner man, 17 that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; that you, being rooted and grounded in love, 18 may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the width and length and depth and height— 19 to know the love of Christ which passes knowledge; that you may be filled with all the fullness of God God’s love is total, says Paul, the apostle. It reaches every corner of our experience. Its width covers the breath of our own experience, and it reaches out to the whole world. Its length continues the length of our lives. Its depth reaches to the depths of discouragement, despair, and even death. Its height rises to the heights of our celebration and elation. When you feel shut out or isolated, remember that you can never be lost to God’s love. ‘The fullness of God’ is fully expressed only in Christ. In union with Christ and through his empowering Spirit, we are complete. We have all the fullness of God available to us. But we must appropriate that fullness through faith and through prayer as we daily live for him. Paul’s prayer in the scripture of passage is for you also. You can ask the Holy Spirit to fill every aspect of your life to the fullest. So when you pray for others you can always be assure that God’s love in your prayer will be done, because you are claiming God’s love and fullness of his promises.

On the issue discernment (meaning the ability to judge well in prayer) it states in Philippians 1:9-11And this I pray, that your love may abound still more and more in knowledge and all discernment, 10 that you may approve the things that are excellent, that you may be sincere and without offense till the day of Christ, 11 being filled with the fruits of righteousness which are by Jesus Christ, to the glory and praise of God Often the best way to influence someone is to pray for him or her. Paul’s prayer for the Philippians was that they would be unified in love. Their love was to result in greater knowledge of Christ and deeper insight (meaning moral discernment). Their love was not based on feelings but what Christ had done for them. As you grow in Christ’s love, your heart and mind grow together. Is your love and insight growing? Paul prayed that the Philippians believers would ‘approve the things are excellent’ in other words, that they would have the ability to differentiate between right and wrong, good and bad, vital and trivial. We ought to pray for moral discernment so we can maintain our Christian morals and values. The ‘day of Christ’ refers to the time when God will judge the world through Jesus Christ. We should live each as though he could return at any moment. The ‘fruits of righteousness’ includes all of the character traits flowing from a right relationship with God. There is no other way for us to gain this fruit of righteousness than through Christ. So as for your prayer of discernment you must show love in your prayer even if the person doesn’t want anything to do with you or your prayer.

When you are praying in the spiritual understanding and knowing God’s will it states in Colossians 1:9… For this reason we also, since the day we heard it, do not cease to pray for you, and to ask that you may be filled with the knowledge of His will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding;… Sometimes we wonder how to pray for missionaries and other leaders we have never met. Paul never met the Colossians, but he faithfully prayed for them. His prayers teach us how to pray for others, whether you know them or not. We can request that they (1) understand God’s will, (2) gain wisdom and spiritual understanding, (3) please and honor God, (4) bear good fruit, (5) increase in knowledge of God, (6) be filled with God’s strength, (7) have great patience, (8) stay full of Christ’s joy, and (9) give thanks always. All believers have these basic needs as well as non-believers. So when you are praying for someone whether you know then are not you and use Paul’s prayer in Colossians as a blueprint for your prayer.

Regarding steadfastness it states in 2 Thessalonians 3:5 …now may the Lord direct your hearts into the love of God and into the patience of ChristYou have to be patience even when you pray for others. You must never stop prayer for others no matter how long it will take God to answer your prayer for them. There is an n old saying “The Lord may come when You need him, but he is always on time.” What this means that some people in which you pray for are not ready for to blessed them or answer your prayers for them. You need to have patience and know that when you pray for others through your faith that God will answer their prayer. I have submitted a video related to this article. Enjoy the video. Always remember, “Keep the Faith and God Loves You and So Do I”.

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Written by Kofi Baruti

HOW DO WE USE OUR TALENTS TO GLORIFY GOD

In the bible talents are offer referred to as money, but in this article we will be talking about your special abilities, and gifts whether spiritual or not. Many people may have special abilities or gifts they were born with such as a very high aptitude for math, science, or music. However, God also gives all of us spiritual gifts by His love, grace and mercy. An example of some of the spiritual gifts God may give a person would be, the gift to teach the word of God, the gift to heal others of sickness, or the gift of prophecy (someone able to tell a future event(s)). What we want to accomplish in this article is how we use the abilities or gifts to glorify God. Obviously, we can use God’s gifts to glorify God by serving others as well as the church of Christ.

In 1 Peter 4:10-11… 10 as each one has received a gift, minister it to one another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God. 11 If anyone speaks, let him speak as the oracles of God. If anyone ministers, let him do it as with the ability which God supplies, that in all things God may be glorified through Jesus Christ, to whom belong the glory and the dominion forever and ever. Amen In this passage of scripture some people well aware of their abilities that they have the right to use their abilities as they please. Others feel that they have no special talents at all. Peter addresses both these groups in these verses. Everyone has some gifts; find yours and use them. All our abilities should be used in serving others: none are for our own exclusive enjoyment. Peter mentions speaking and serving. How is God gloried when we use our abilities? When we use then as God directs, to help others, they will see Jesus in us, and praise God for the help they have received. Peter may have been thinking of Jesus words as stated in Matthew 5:16… ‘Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven’… If we live for Christ, we will glow like lights, showing others what is like. We hide our light by 1) being quiet when we should speak, 2) going along with the crowd, 3) denying the light, 4) letting sin dim our light, 5) not explain our light to others, 6) ignoring the needs of others. You must be a deacon of truth, and never shut your light off from the rest of the world. So how from what was previous written can we glorify God through gifts? First, we have to know and acknowledge our gifts from God. Second, we have to use our gifts to help others. Third, we must explain to others that our gifts are from God and why we God gave you your gifts to help others. And fourth, give all the praise of gifts to God and not yourself (don’t take credit for something God gave you).

There is another aspect of using our talents to glorify God and that is building God’s church or the body of Christ. Sometimes working with people in the church of Christ can be difficult. What do you do when your gifts in the church or the body of Christ not utilized? I have been a deacon for nearly 30 years and I have seen or witness this happen with my own eyes. I will give a couple of examples. One church I served at had situation where the daughter of the chairman of deacon board, took a position as the music director at our church. I felt she did a great job and displayed her great gifts in music. But the Pastor of this church didn’t like here style of music and wanted to dictate to her what music she was supposed to play in church. Being frustrated his daughter quit as music director. There was a great falling out at a deacon meeting between the Pastor and our chairman of the deacon board. What did we do as a deacon board we use our gift of prayer to heal the rift between the chairman of the deacon board and our Pastor. Point here is everyone can pray and when you face with a situation like this sometimes the easiest thing to do is pray. God will always take care of his people through prayer.

Another example is when you may be serving in a ministry at your church and you have great disagreement with someone in the same ministry you are serving in. The word of God states in Matthew 5:24… leave your gift there before the altar, and go your way. First be reconciled to your brother, and then come and offer your gift broken relationships can hinder our relationship with God. If we have a problem or grievance with a friend, we should resolve the problem as soon as possible. We are hypocrites if we claim to love God while we hate others. Our attitude toward other reflect our relationship with God.

Using your gifts to glorify God takes the courage the use them for others benefit not your own. When you don’t use your gifts at all it is like telling God you don’t appreciate any blessing has bestowed on you. Being selfish with your gifts will only been you further away from God’s blessing and others you may care about. Remember, you are a child of God, and God loves you so much that He was willing to give you a gift. Don’t ignore God love grace and mercy because your life may take turn for the worse no matter what special abilities or gift you have. I submitted a video related to this article. Enjoy the video. Always remember, “Keep the Faith and God Loves You and So Do “.

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Written by Kofi Baruti

 

WHEN YOUR FAITH WAVERS

What is faith to the Christian believer? I want to answer this question before we get into why Christians or other others waver in their faith. The basic definition of ‘Faith’ is defined as belief with strong conviction, firm belief in something for which there may be no tangible proof, complete trust, confidence, reliance or devotion. ‘Faith’ is the opposite of doubt. To the Christian, faith is the experience of living in a dynamic and personal relationship with God through the transforming and indwelling power of Jesus in your body and life. We will explore and express why we all sometimes waver in our faith, as well as, what happens when we waver in our faith? The central focus of this article will be why we sometimes doubt God and rely on other things or people regarding our faith. This article may seem like it is focus on the Christians, but it is also focus on the non-believer as well. To the non-believer we want express a better way or a ultimate solution to your situation of doubt in your life.

In James 1:1-8 it states …James, a bondservant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ, To the twelve tribes which are scattered abroad: Greetings. My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing. If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him.But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for he who doubts is like a wave of the sea driven and tossed by the wind. For let not that man suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord; he is a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways. By wisdom James is talking not only knowledge, but about the ability to make decisions in difficult circumstances. Whatever we need wisdom, we can pray to God, and God will generously supply what we need. Christians don’t have to grope around in the dark, hoping to stumble upon answers. We can ask for God’s wisdom to guide our choices. Wisdom also means practical discernment. It begins with respect for God, leads to right living, and results in increased ability to tell right from wrong. God is willing to give us this wisdom, but we will be unable to receive it if our goals are self-centered instead of God-centered. To learn God’s will, we need to read God’s word and ask God to show us how to obey it. Then we must do what God tells us.

To ‘ask in faith, with not doubt’ means not only believing in the existence of God, but believing in his loving care. It includes relying on God and expecting that he will hear and answer when we pray. We must put away our critical attitude when we come to God. God does not grant every thoughtless or selfish request. We must have confidence that God will align our desires with his purpose. A mind that always wavers is not completely convinced that God’s way is best. It treats God’s word like any human advice, and it retains the option to disobey God way or answer. It vacillates between allegiance to subjective feelings, the world’s ideas, and God’s commands. If your faith is new, weak, or struggling, remember that you can trust God. Then be loyal to God. To stabilize your wavering or doubting mind, commit yourself wholeheartedly to God. If you have ever seen the constant rolling of huge waves at sea, you know how restless they are – subject to the forces of wind, gravity, and tide. Doubt leaves a person as unsettled as the restless waves. If you want to stop being tossed about, rely on God to show you what is best for you. Ask him for wisdom and trust that God will give it to you. Then your decisions will be sure and solid, not like the double-minded man who always waver in their faith or any difficult decision that may have to make in their life.

Now that we explain what God wants you to do with your wavering faith, lets talk about why we waver and what happen when we do. One reason why waver in our faith is that we allow our feelings to overcome our faith. Whether you a Christian or not all of us from time to time let our emotions take control of our reasoning. For example, lets say you are trying to convince a relative to do something that you know will help them. They refuse to listen to you and instead tell you to go to hell and mine your business. You can lose your cool in this situation because your relative may have had this problem a long time, but the best thing to do in this situation is place this situation in God’s hands. If you are not a Christian you may rely on a worldly idea that very well may blow up in your face, or make this situation worse. Another reason we waver in our faith is that we listen to the wrong advise. In any difficult situation the Christian knows that they can pray that God and have faith God will answer their pray. If you are not a Christian, you may have to rely on people to give you advice. When you do this there is no guarantee that this advise will help you in your difficult situation, and if this is a life changing situation you are playing Russian roulette with your life.

Still another reason a people may waver in their faith is that we focus too much on our circumstances. This may have happen to all of us Christian or not. We have a relative or child very sick maybe even dying. We have done everything we can to help this sick person get well, you have done everything the doctors have told you to do. But this relative is getting worse not better. What can you do now. The Christians understands that God can heal this relative through their prayers they have faith that their relative will be well. The person who is not a Christian can only hope that something will happen of which they have no idea to make their relative well. Sometimes in situations like this on we all have to let go and let God. The situation is beyond our abilities to solve. This is when you have hand the situation to God and trust in God that everything will be alright. Another reason we waver in our faith is that we may be carrying some guilt or sin we did in the past. Guilt can cause a person to do a lot of things which will not be good. Some people even disguise their guilt with the phrase “The Devil Made Me Do It!!!” Knowing very well they wanted to do it all alone. People that are caught up in these situation carry the hurt of guilt sometimes for many years. They see know way that God or anyone can for give them for the horrible sin they committed. But the Christian knows that this is not true. God will forgive for all your sins no matter how horrible they may be. Christians know from reading God’s word that there are many examples where God forgive man for horrible sins. One example, is the apostle, Paul, who pursecuted many Christains before God forgave him and made him an apostle. However, the greatest gift of forgiveness was Jesus Christ death on the cross for all of mankind sins.

So whether you are a Christain or not you don’t have to waver in your faith. God will answer all of your prayer if you have faith in God. God will answer your prayer if you believe that Jesus died on the cross for all of your sins. God will answer all your prayers if you believe and trust in God’s ways and not the world ways. The Christain with real faith never doubt God or their situations. You can have that same assurance if you believe in God and not just yourself. I submitted a gospel video related to this article. Enjoy the video. Always remember, “Keep the Faith, and God Loves You and So Do I”

What do you think? Your comments are always welcome.

Written by Kofi Baruti