Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.
1 Cor. 13:4-7
A person with an abundance of “love fruit” of the spirit most likely spends a great deal of time praying because he or she realizes that without prayer it’s impossible to love in the way described in the verse above.
This person may be getting up before dawn every morning to pray for an hour.
This person may keep a detailed prayer journal.
Or, this person might be like you and me struggling with time commitments and balance.
But one thing is probably consistently true of all people walking in an abundance of God’s love: they are praying for others consistently-even if it is just to send up “bullet” prayers in the middle of a workday or long commute.
There are some people here on earth who have never been prayed for by another human being.
Take a minute to let that churn around in your heart and mind. There are people who have no one in their lives praying for them. To make it worse, many of those same people see no value in prayer because they do not know God or have consciously rejected Him.
I think about my small daughter. I was praying for her from the moment I found out I was pregnant and I have prayed for her and with her (almost) every day of her life so far. There are some children without a praying parent, relative or friend. There are elderly people alone near the end of their lives with no one praying for them.
Just as we feel burdened to help the economically disadvantaged, we should also feel a burden for those with no one praying for them.
Does this mean that we locate a stranger in outer Mongolia to pray for by name every day?
I don’t know.
Maybe that is what it means for YOU.
Be sensitive to promptings when you think of a person you haven’t spoken to in a long time.
You hear a news story that rocks you to the core,
Pray for the survivors and families of victims.
Pray for the perpetrators of the violence.
You are frustrated with local, state or national government leaders.
Pray for them.
You have to pull over for an emergency vehicle.
Pray for the responders and people waiting for them to arrive
What if our “first response” to encountering frustration, stress or anxiety over people was to send up a quick prayer asking God to send His love into the person’s heart or into the center of the situation?
Be a zealous advocate before God for the people in your life-even those who just cross your path for a moment.
“Oh that one might plead for a man with God, as a man pleadeth for his neighbor.” Job 16:21.
All the Best in 2013,