A few weeks ago her father was diagnosed with cancer. My dad had cancer 10+ years ago and I can relate to the emotions all to well of your earthly rock being shaken. Something I am always honored to do is pray for others. I am just overwhelmed with the desire to pray for others, and things just break my heart before the Lord. People I don’t even really know just press on my soul- and I am so grateful for that time with the Lord. I am in awe by the gift of prayer. So, when I heard the news and she asked me to pray for her dad something happened IN ME. For the first time in a long time, I really sat down on my face and prayed FOR HER. I was able to put myself in her shoes, knowing what that was like to have my daddy sick and was able to truly love her through prayer. The battle with his cancer continues and I just continue to be in awe by God and what he is doing in me through praying for their family. I just have a newfound love for her that I honestly didnt know I could have. And the issues was within ME...it just blew me away. By praying for someone, you can actually love them in a supernatural way. I am pretty sure that this revelation is going to effect all of my relationships. Why don’t we pray for, really pray for, those our hearts are hard toward? Pride! I am always grateful when I can shed some pride!
Do you have someone you have trouble loving? Do you have someone who you would consider an enemy? Is there someone with whom you have a broken relationship? I just ask you- are you praying about them or for them? I wish I would have learned this lesson while my mother-in-law was alive. I really loved her but I was hard on her. I did a lot of praying about her and I so wish I would have prayed for her and would have loved her like the Lord calls me to love her. I love Philippians 1:9-11 (below) in the message- “so this is my prayer: that your love will flourish and that you will not only love MUCH but WELL.” I am so blessed to learn this lesson now, it really has transformed my time with the Lord. If someone needed to hear that, then I am blessed to share it with you!
Philippians 1:9-11(message) So this is my prayer: that your love will flourish and that you will not only love much but well. Learn to love appropriately. You need to use your head and test your feelings so that your love is sincere and intelligent, not sentimental gush. Live a lover’s life, circumspect and exemplary, a life Jesus will be proud of: bountiful in fruits from the soul, making Jesus Christ attractive to all, getting everyone involved in the glory and praise of God.