Prayer—The Best Thing You Can Do for Others
By David Brandt Berg
God has His reasons for allowing problems in life, and one of the main reasons is to teach us to pray. He lets us come to the end of our rope, the end of our strength and what we think we can do to solve the problem at hand, so we will realize that He is the One who has got to do it and then pray for Him to work, by His power.
If there’s something we can do to help the situation and we ask Him what that is and how to go about it, He will show us and help us do it. But in the end, the thing that will help more than anything and without which all our labors are incomplete is prayer—to pray for Him to do the work in the spirit.
He’s the only One who can change hearts and minds. He’s the only One who can bring people to the point where they’re willing to change or do whatever’s necessary to make progress or fix the problem. So the best thing we can do to help people in problem situations is to pray for them. We can’t do the miracle that’s needed, but the Lord can. Our prayers move His hand and make things happen in the spiritual realm that change things in our physical realm. Praying for the person or situation not only helps to set things up for the miracle to happen, but it gives us peace of mind that we’ve done the best thing we could possibly do. When we commit things to the Lord in prayer, then we can trust that whatever happens is in His hands and under His control.
People don’t fully realize how important prayer is, especially people who are by nature accomplishment oriented. It’s all the harder for them to pray and not always be trying to do something in the physical. We need to understand and believe that only God can work in the spirit to change people and situations, and the best thing we can do to help God help others is to pray for them. If we don’t pray, He often has to wait before He can bring about the needed change. His Word says, “You do not have because you do not ask” (James 4:2).
Prayer is a very mysterious spiritual phenomenon. It’s impossible to fully understand how the Lord chooses to work, how He chooses to answer prayer, why some prayers are answered quicker than others, or why He does an obvious miracle in one situation and not in another. We can’t expect to know everything about God’s business, but we can be sure that we have His ear and that our prayers have a big effect.
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