Perhaps the most difficult prayer to offer is a prayer for a person who has set themselves up as your enemy. Stephen, the first martyr, prayed for those who were putting him to death: “Lord, do not hold this sin against them.” God answered that prayer in powerful ways that could never have been anticipated, as Saul the Pharisee (who oversaw Stephen’s execution) would become Paul, the Great Apostle and Missionary of the church. After Saul had been blinded when Jesus appeared to him on the road to Damascus, God chose the disciple Ananias to go and lay hands on Saul to restore his sight. Have you ever prayed for someone who was in conflict with you? What did you experience and how did God work in that situation? There are people all around us who desperately need to know Jesus. For whom will you be praying this week?
From Series: "Five Prayers that Changed the World"
Prayer is such a key part of the season of Lent—in fact, it is such a key part of the whole of life for God’s people. It is the means God has given us to communicate with Him, to share our cares and concerns, to call upon Him in praise and giving thanks. Intimate. Passionate. Expectant. Powerful. We call upon our gracious God, the Lord of heaven and earth.
During our Lenten midweek services, we are looking at Five Prayers that Changed the World. Jesus’ power transforms lives, and the Spirit enlists the people of God to pray and anticipate all that God will do.