Oh, the great heart of God, filled with redemptive passion for all people!! “For God SO LOVED the world…! (John 3:16) “The Lord is… not willing that ANY should perish, but that ALL should come to repentance!” (2 Peter 3:9)
This morning during “Coffee with the Lord” that great truth impacted my heart in a fresh way as it relates to prayer. Some of the most exciting, satisfying and productive seasons of prayer I’ve had personally have come when I have simply let my heart and mind float free and allowed God to bring to my mind different people – anyone He desires to – for the purpose of intercessory prayer. In fact, it’s surprising who you pray for in a situation like that… yes surprising!!
I think that may have been at least partially in Apostle Paul’s mind when he wrote these words…
“I urge you, first of all, to pray for ALL people. Ask God to help them! Intercede on their behalf, and give thanks for them! Pray this way for kings and all who are in authority so that we can live peaceful and quiet lives marked by godliness and dignity. This is good and pleases God our Savior, who wants EVERYONE to be saved and to understand the truth.” (1 Timothy 2:1–4 New Living Translation)
Now, I am in full agreement with those who say we should do that deliberately – that we should systematically pray for leaders and those in authority – using a “prayer list” if you please. But I think something exciting and powerful is missed if we do not allow God to bring to our mind serendipitously, so to speak, individuals in our neighborhood, acquaintance, nation and world for whom He would prompt us to pray. Why not give it a try, eh?