Sunday, October 10, 2010

The Power of a Selfless Prayer

It's not that I never want to pray for myself, because I do. I have to! But I have to remember that I can't pray for myself only. I don't ever want to get so wrapped up in discussing myself with God that I lose sight of you. God sent His only begotten son in order to redeem you, so the least I can do is remember to pray for you! You see, in order to look at myself, I have to take my eyes off of you, and I know that you need me to pray for you. And the truth is, I need you to pray for me, too. We've got to be careful not to lose sight of one another's needs during our conversations with God.

This was Peter's problem when crossing the water to Jesus. His mind lost focus of Christ, and instead, he turned inward, focusing on the dangers all around him. Did you get that? That were all around him! Jesus was doing the very same thing Peter was doing, yet Peter began to sink when his mind wandered into worrying about himself. Rather than staying focused on Christ, Peter focused on Peter. If Peter would have focused on Christ, would he have still begun to sink? Of course not! Because rather than a selfish worry, he would have continued to trust in Jesus and His power to save him.

You see, if you're busy asking God to help you, then by necessity you have to stop focusing on those in need around you- even if it's just for a moment. And we know that disasterous things can happen in only moments. The average tornado is on the ground for less than 10 minutes. Yet, when they happen they are utterly devastating.

Another reason I don't want to lose sight of you during my prayer time with God is that if I'm praying for me while you're also praying for me, then who is praying for you? It leaves a void.

God would much rather hear a prayer on behalf of someone else rather than a prayer all about me. That's because a prayer for someone else comes from such an unselfish place, and after all, it was selflessness that sent Jesus to die for us in the first place.

2 comments:

  1. The truly selfless prayer is characterized by Jesus in John 17. The cross was imminantly looming over Him; yet He prayed not for Himself but rather for those of us who would remain after His departure. John 17:11 is a key verse to demonstrate this thought.

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  2. Very true, Sean! That's a great thing to meditate on throughout the day! Thanks, man!

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