“Unusual Prayer”

Thought for Today: Unusual Prayer

There is an area of your life that you need for God to move in an amazing way. You know there’s nothing that God can’t do because the word of God says, “For with God nothing shall be impossible” (Luke 1:37).

The question is: How do you tell God, or let God see and know that you trust in, rely on, and depend on Him? You understand what Philippians 4:6-7 means when it says, “Be careful for nothing; but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving LET YOUR REQUESTS BE MADE KNOWN UNTO GOD. And the peace of God which passeth all understanding shall keep your heart and minds through Jesus Christ.”

I know this may sound very strange and unusual, but if you want to show God that you trust Him, after you have made your request to God, PRAY FOR SOMEBODY ELSE. Yes, you heard what I said, PRAY FOR SOMEBODY ELSE. You see, we serve an unusual God. He does not do things like we thought He would. 

Well, if you are made in His image then you should be an unusual person. If you want to catch the world, your flesh, and especially the devil off guard, and you want to show God that you trust in, rely on, and depend on Him, then after you have made your request to God, PRAY FOR SOMEONE ELSE. 

When you do this, it distracts the enemy, because the enemy is focused on you, but you have placed your needs in the hands of the Father and are now placing your focus on the needs of others. One of the most powerful gifts that God has given His children, which is seldom used, is the gift of unselfishness. 

All throughout the word of God He shows us the gift of unselfishness, but very few of us grab ahold of this gift. Here are a few examples of the gift of unselfishness:

For the word of God says, “He who hath pity upon the poor lendeth unto the LORD and that which he hath given will HE (God) will pay him again” (Proverbs 19:17). Here, look at this, Jesus said “But it shall not be so among you (the children of God) but whosoever will be great among you, let him be your minister. And whosoever will be chief among you let him be your servant. Even as the Son of man came not to be ministered unto but to minister and to give His life a ransom for many” (Matthew 20:26-28).

Romans 15:1 says, “We then that are strong ought to bear the infirmities of the weak and not to please ourselves.” And Galatians 6:2 says, “Bear ye one another’s burdens and so fulfill the law of Christ.”

What I am trying to say is this, if you want to show God that you trust Him, if you want to show God that you rely on Him, depend on Him and adhere to Him, do something that the world, your flesh, and the devil will not expect from you. After you have made your request known unto God. DO SOMETHING UNUSUAL, PRAY FOR SOMEONE ELSE. 

In the mist of being lied upon, spat on, ridiculed, mocked, beaten to a point where he did not even look like a human being while hanging on the cross, facing death, Jesus Christ exercised one of the most powerful gifts the Father gave him, the gift of unselfishness. Jesus demonstrated this gift when He prayed this prayer, “Father, forgive them for they know not what they do” (Luke 23:34).

By PRAYING THIS UNUSUAL PRAYER, it moved God to show His power and glory in a way that has changed the world. Through this UNUSUAL PRAYER, Jesus Christ made a way for you and me to have our own personal relationship with God the Father.

By praying this UNUSUAL PRAYER, Jesus showed the Father that He trusted in Him, and He knew that His life was in the hands of His Father, and to show the Father that He knew this HE PRAYED FOR OTHERS. 

If you want to show God that you trust Him, make your request known unto God about the situation and then turn around and begin to pray for someone else. Not only will it confuse the enemy, but it will show God that you have placed that situation in His hands and not yours.  

For it is written, “And the LORD turned the captivity of Job (turned things around in Job’s life) WHEN HE PRAYED FOR HIS FRIENDS; also, the LORD gave Job twice as much as he had before” (Job 42:10).

If you want God to move in a certain area of your life, make your request known unto God about the matter, then turn around and do something unusual, show God that you trust Him by doing something unusual, exercise the gift of unselfishness and PRAY FOR SOMEONE ELSE, and watch the power of God manifest in ways that will blow your mind.

Be Blessed

By Erick Young