There is absolutely nothing like encouragement, especially the encouragement of knowing someone is praying for you. It fills you up and gives you joy and purpose. It ignites a fire that pushes you to want to do even more. It can also be contagious and cause you to want to pass along that same joy to someone else. Even hearing or witnessing it can have an effect on a person.
When I read Jesus’ prayer in John and Paul’s prayer in Philippians, I can feel the love they had for the people in their lives, the desire they had for them to succeed. They wanted the best for them and they asked God to bless them and help them to succeed.
“I thank my God upon every remembrance of you, always in every prayer of mine making request for you with all joy,” Philippians 1:3-4
“But now I come to You, and these things I speak in the world, that they may have My joy fulfilled in themselves.” John 17:13
“I do not pray for these alone, but also for those who will believe in Me through their word; that they all may be one,” John 17:20-21a
Is that cool or what? Jesus, over 2000 years ago, is praying to God for us. How does that make you feel? I can tell you that for me, it makes it more real as it forms a connection to my life and what Jesus wanted for my life. It fills me with hope, joy and encouragement. It makes me want to pray for others in my life.
God, thank you that before time began, You had a plan for my life. A plan filled with purpose and hope. Thank You for Your word and the saints who came before me. Help me to be a strong link in the chain and to encourage others with prayer and with my words.