Well, this is the last point in our lesson on how to bring comfort to those who find themselves in any trial or trouble. I’m so thankful that Paul, through the moving of the Holy Spirit, outlined for us how we can minister comfort to others the same way God ministers His comfort to us.
In part 1 of this trilogy, we looked at how important it is to show others how much we care: by listening to them, by empathizing with them, by caring for their needs.
In part 2 we talked about how sharing our testimony of how God has comforted us infuses hope into their otherwise overwhelmed hearts.
Today, we will focus on the role of intercessory prayer.
(Please read II Corinthians 1:3-11)
3. Pray for them.
II Corinthians 1:11- “Ye also helping together by prayer for us, that for the gift bestowed upon us by the means of many persons thanks may be given by many on our behalf.”
• Intercessory Prayer is crucial. When we intercede in prayer, we are
literally intervening on behalf of another before Almighty God, the creator of all things. WOW…Let that sink in! We are asking Him to focus all of His supernatural power on behalf of someone else. It is essentially praying in His will for all to be accomplished in their lives for their good and His glory. The awesome truth is our cries to Him on behalf of another truly makes a difference! James 5:16 says, “…The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much”. When a brother or sister in Christ is struggling, it is crucial that we join together in prayer, interceding for one another.
• Intercessory Prayer benefits both parties. When we intercede on
behalf of another, not only is the person we are praying for comforted, but we are comforted as well. We experience first-hand the power of God through prayer. We get to be part of God’s plan! AMAZING!!!!! The end result will be that many will give thankful praise to God and thus bring glory to His Name! We will bow our heads and hearts in humble worship saying, “This is the Lord’s doing; it is marvelous in our eyes”. (Psalm 118:23)
We are truly in the midst of unprecedented times, yet God has not lost control. He is still on His throne with absolute sovereign rule over all things. He knows all about your tomorrows because He is already there. If you find yourself fearful about tomorrow consider this…
1. Allow others to comfort you. Reach out to someone you trust to speak Truth to you. Be vulnerable and teachable.
2. Run to the ultimate Comforter and allow Him to infuse renewed hope back into your soul. Make His Word your intimate companion. Allow Him to provide all the comfort you need.
3. Be willing to share the comfort God has given you.