So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.
Romans 10:17 (NKJV)
Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time. Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.
ܒܲܣ ܡܲܡܟܸܟܼܘܿܢ ܓܵܢܵܘܟܼܘܿܢ ܬܚܘܿܬ ܐܝܼܕܹܗ ܙܲܪܒܵܢܬܵܐ ܕܐܲܠܵܗܵܐ: ܕܗܿܘ ܡܵܪܸܡ ܠܵܘܟܼܘܿܢ ܒܙܲܒܼܢܵܐ ܕܚܵܫܸܚ. ܘܟܠܵܗܿ ܚܲܡܵܘܟܼܘܿܢ ܕܪܹܡܘܿܢ ܥܲܠܘܼܗܝ: ܣܵܒܵܒ ܗܿܘ ܟܹܐ ܐܵܟܼܸܠ ܚܲܡ ܥܲܠܵܘܟܼܘܿܢ.
God wants you to look beyond your own problems and pray for the needs of others.
The great preacher D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones wrote, "Before the outbreak of the Spanish Civil War, in Barcelona, Madrid and other places, there were psychological clinics with large numbers of neurotics undergoing drug treatments and others attending regularly for psychoanalysis and such like. They had their personal problems, their worries, their anxieties, their temptations, having to go back week after week, month after month, to the clinics in order to be kept going.
"Then came the Civil War; and one of the first and most striking effects of that War was that it virtually emptied the psychological and psychiatric clinics. These neurotic people were suddenly cured by a greater anxiety, the anxiety about their whole position, whether their homes would still be there, whether their husbands would still be alive, whether their children would be killed.
"Their greater anxieties got rid of the lesser ones. In having to give attention to the bigger problem they forgot their own personal and somewhat petty problems" (The Christian Soldier: An Exposition of Ephesians 6:10 to 20 [Grand Rapids: Baker, 1978], p. 357).
That's a negative illustration of a positive principle: your own problems pale as you pray in the Spirit on behalf of others. Praying "in the Spirit" (Eph. 6:18) is praying in concert with the Holy Spirit—in harmony with His Person and will. It's synonymous with praying according to God's will (1 John 5:14).
As the Holy Spirit intercedes for you (Rom. 8:26-27), you are to intercede for others. That's not always easy in our contemporary religious environment where self- centeredness is praised rather than shunned, and more and more professing Christians are embracing the health, wealth, and prosperity heresy. But God's mandate is for us to love one another, pray for one another, and look out for one another's interests (Phil. 2:3-4). Let that mandate govern all your relationships.
Suggestions for Prayer
For Further Study
Read Philippians 2:1-11.
From Drawing Near by John MacArthur Copyright © 1993. Used by permission of Crossway Books, a division of Good News Publishers, Wheaton, IL 60187, www.crossway.com.