NOT WAITING TO BE ASKED TO PRAY
When Jesus was approaching the town of Nain, a coffin containing the only son of a widow was being carried out. Jesus walked to the procession, said to the mother “Don’t cry” and proceeded to the coffin and said “Young man I say to you, get up.”
Jesus did not wait to be asked to pray. Jesus walked up and spoke life into the situation.
When we see someone suffering, we need to be sensitive to the Holy Spirit because He may be directing us to go to that person and begin to pray.
John 9:1-7 & 25
1 As He went along, He saw a man blind from birth.
2 His disciples asked Him, “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?”
3 “Neither this man nor his parents sinned,” said Jesus, “but this happened so that the work of God might be displayed in his life.
4 As long as it is day, we must do the work of Him who sent Me. Night is coming, when no one can work.
5 While I am in the world, I am the light of the world.”
6 Having said this, He spit on the ground, made some mud with the saliva, and put it on the man’s eyes.
7 “Go,” He told him, “wash in the Pool of Siloam” (this word means Sent). So the man went and washed, and came home seeing.
:25 He replied, “Whether He is a sinner or not, I don’t know. One thing I do know. I was blind
but now I see!”
Many people do not even know who Jesus is, they may see there is a difference in persons who are Christians, but they may not ever think of asking for prayer, because they would not know the privilege we have of knowing Jesus and calling on Him.
When Jesus saw him lying there and learned that he had been in this condition for a long time, He asked him, “Do you want to get well?”
Sometimes we need to speak with a loving, gentle boldness to a person, as when Jesus said “Do you want to get well?”, so they know we are not just making small talk to pass the time.
In these three different instances we see where Jesus did not wait for those who were hurting or suffering to come to Him, He went to them and spoke into the situation, or acted in the situation.
There are times that we will come upon a situation, or know of an instance where people are hurting in any possible number of ways. We, as Christians, have the Spirit of Jesus within us, giving us guidance, strength and power to go and pray with confidence, in Jesus Name, as the Spirit leads.
One of the greatest blessings is to be able to share the love and care of Jesus with someone, and have the opportunity to pray with them for whatever they are going through.
Many times when a person realizes we care that much, they will share in a deeper way, and there will be more opportunities to share and pray with them.
Short prayers in simple, everyday language, when a person understands the genuineness of our heart, and know we have a relationship with the God we are praying to, may have a positive effect on lives.
Hearing the Voice of the Holy Spirit, listening to what He says, and acting in obedience will open many doors to be a blessing, and to give Glory to Jesus.