One thing I love about the body of Christ is the community and fellowship available. There’s something about being surrounded by like-minded people that brings hope to my mind, cheer to my soul, and love to my heart.
People who don’t share the same blood as myself, become my family. United by the Spirit of God and love of Christ. It is because of salvation that we are able to stand in the gap for one another.
“I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men.”
-1 Timothy 2:1 KJV
We are called to intercede for one another. To lift one another in prayer. There is no caveat at who can pray for another. No caveat of who we can pray for. All men (people) deserve our prayers.
The stranger in front of you at the grocery store. The car who cut you off on the highway. The mother trying to wrangle her two kids into her car.
The person sitting next to you in church. The pastor struggling for words for a sermon. The surgeon using his craft to bring healing.
All of us have struggles. All of us face trials and tribulations. All of us need prayer.
“Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.”
-James 5:16 KJV
The great thing about standing in the gap for your fellow man…the simplicity. It’s as simple as “God help them” or “God fulfill their need.” You don’t have to know their story to pray for them. You don’t have to have the Bible memorized. No degree is required. Just simple faith and the belief that God hears you.
So today, when you go out and about, pray for someone. Let the Spirit guide your words and stand in the gap.