Last week we noticed how incomplete most of our prayer lists are. I know that it’s easy to forget about authorities, anemics, and antagonists because we don’t often think about them. And when we do think about them, the last thing we want to do is to pray for them! I’m guilty and if you’re honest, so are you.
It is God’s will for us to pray for these people. Think about it, they could be the agent of change God wants to use in bringing this country back to Him. And whether they are or not, we have been commanded to pray for all men (see 1 Timothy 2:1).
If you made the additions to your prayer list last week, you’re off to a good start. But you’re not finished yet. Here’s two more people groups that should be added to your prayer list.
In any productive meeting, there must an opportunity to ask questions. But there’s always that one who overanalyzes everything. Question after question flies out of their mouth and before you know it, you’re doubting the proposal you made at the beginning of the meeting!
I’m not talking about someone who is prudent. I’m talking about the one who says, “It’s a good land, flowing with milk and honey, but… there giants out there!”
William Carey said, “Expect great things from God. Attempt great things for God.” Nothing great will ever be accomplished from the bench! Likewise, people can’t see victories when they’re simply sitting around! Unfortunately, the same people who aren’t doing anything think it’s their ministry to tell the pastor or other Christians what they ought to do.
I know your prayer list is getting longer but we need to pray for analyzers. Their lack of faith can bring your spirit down. They can cause divisions in a church. At the very least, they are missing out on the very best God has for them.
When Nicodemus questioned Jesus’ requirement for seeing the kingdom (How can a man be born when he is old? can he enter the second time into his mother’s womb, and be born?), He was patient and responded with an explanation rather than humiliation.
Paul commands the Thessalonians to “be patient toward all men.” Is there a better way than prayer to demonstrate patience towards others? Let’s pray for those who continually doubt God’s work.
I must be honest, this is the hardest one for me. If you hurt me, my flesh wants to hurt you back. That’s my natural reaction. But again, prayer is a spiritual matter, which should be done in a spiritual manner with spiritual methods.
As Jesus hung on the cross, He prayed, “Father, forgive them…” Who’s “them?” The soldiers who scourged his body, drove the nails through his hands and feet, forced the crown of thorns on his head- Jesus prayed for them!
Peter challenges us with this:
“For even hereunto were ye called:because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that ye should follow his steps:” 1 Peter 2:21
You want to be like Christ? Pray and forgive. Can you imagine a day going by without anyone being murdered? A day when everyone smiles at each other on the freeway? A church service where everyone smiles and greets others with love? It can happen if you start praying now for those who have given you pain in this life.
I’m sure there are others you can add to the list. One thing’s for sure, you’ll never run out of people to pray for! No wonder Paul could say, “pray without ceasing.” Now, you and I don’t have an excuse! It’s time to complete the prayer list.