It’s time for another round of dumb questions from the new convert…
After almost a year of following the good advice I got about praying last December, I think I kind of get it. The ultimate purpose is to let God know that you submit to and trust his will since it would be absurd to ask him to do something other than what he’s planned (right?). It’s a chance to get closer to God and perhaps understand what his will is so that you can conform to it. Either way, I pray regularly now. I figure I’ll get it right one day.
One thing I don’t really understand, however, is how praying for other people works. I pray for others all the time yet always feel strange about it, like I’m asking God to change his mind. If I say, “Lord, please let Bob’s sister recover from her illness, ” isn’t that proposing my own plan as opposed to just submitting to his will? Yet I don’t think that when Bob asks me to pray for his sister he has in mind that I’d just say, “Your will be done in regards to Bob’s sister, Lord.” When you pray for someone else’s situation to have a certain outcome, aren’t you kind of bossing God around?
Also, I’ve often heard of the power of prayer, of people seeing the impact of others’ prayers in their lives. I’ve even seen examples of this in my own life in the past few months. Yet, why does that work? It seems to unfairly favor those who have lots of people out there to pray for them. What about good, deserving people who don’t have anyone praying for them? Do they receive less help from God?
So, I ask you guys: How exactly do you go about praying for someone else? And why does it work?
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