As we’ve been discussing, when we pray for others it an opportunity for God to unleash his power and provision on earth. Praying for other people who are hurting or in need, is important (and can seem very natural) but there is another important reason to pray for others:
Paul gives us an excellent example of this in his prayer to the (and for the) Ephesians.
I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know him better. I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in his holy people, Ephesians 1:17-18
I’ll be the first to admit, praying for someone to have spiritual wisdom and revelation usually isn’t the very first I think about when praying for someone else, but it should be.
We have all been given the helper, the Holy Spirit to dwell inside of us and reveal to us specific insights and wisdom.
But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you. John 14:26
Spiritual truth is so much richer when we discover it for ourselves instead of having it told to us. We can read stories in the bible all day long, but until we are able to have that intimate experience ourselves, we won’t be able to fully grasp the concept of our faith.
Do we want that for ourselves? Yes of course! So why wouldn’t we want that same experience for others?
Praying for spiritual wisdom and revelation for those around us allows the Holy Spirit to uniquely minister to them.
“I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in his holy people”
Focus Challenge: Therefore my friends, I challenge you to pray this prayer for your loved ones. Maybe it will be for your spouse, or your parent or even a close friend, but the next time you find yourself praying for someone else, be sure to pray that the Holy Spirit minister to them exactly what they need at that moment. (this is also a great way to combat our tendency to want to give advice and “fix it”)
“There are parts of our calling, works of the Holy Spirit, and defeats of the darkness that will come no other way than through furious, fervent, faith-filled, unceasing prayer.” – Beth Moore