Day 3: Pray for others too!
We are allowed to pray that we may help also in the needs of others. –Andrew Murray
Night and day we pray earnestly for you, asking God to let us see you again to fill the gaps in your faith… bring us to see you soon… make your love for one another and for all people grow and overflow, just as our love for you overflows. 1Thessalonians 3:11, 12
The second greatest commandment of God, love one another as you love yourself. However, this is easier heard than done. Now, when God commanded us to love one another, He did not mean to love merely those who are part of our family, our friends, or anyone who belong to our sphere of interest.
It is appropriate to believe that God would not have given this commandment if that is the case. To love those who are lovable and those whom we know loves Jesus is easy, but to love those who are appalling, those who have hurt and wounded us, those who persecute us, that’s now the challenge. How about those who do not belong to our circle of beliefs, how do we treat and think about them?
Paul urged the Thessalonians to ‘make your love for one another and for all people grow and overflow’. Jesus spent most of his entire human life here on earth not with the Pharisees who claim to be an expert of righteousness, instead, with those who are sinners, those who are regarded as unrighteous people. He’s salvation and healing are offered to those who are sick spiritually which means to everyone, without exemption. Aren’t we supposed to do the same if we are to serve as a nurse to the Great Doctor of life, whom we received our healing?
Yet another question rises, how do we learn to love unconditionally? I guess there’s no answer to that question. It is impossible for us, who possess limited heart, to love with no limitations. There’s nothing good that comes from us, we just thought we are but truth be told, we aren’t.
‘You are my Master! Every good thing I have comes from you.” Psalm 16:2
God alone holds this kind of love: the love with no condition, love that never fails, love that’s deeper than the oceans, higher than the heavens, and wider than the universe. To love this way can never be taught, it can only be caught. We need to ask this gift down on our knees. There’s no other possible way. Paul was able to say ‘just as our love for you overflows’ only because ‘night and day we pray earnestly for you.’
Reach out for your loved ones through prayer. Pray for your friends, family, and mentors. Express your love for them through prayer if you are far away, even more so when you are with them. Ask God for the supplication of their needs. And do the same for those who have left a scar on you, for those who are strange and unknown yet to you, for those whom your patience is stretched, for those who are unrighteous, unlovable, sinners, and spiritually sick. In a nutshell, love those who are just exactly like you are, if not for the grace of God.
Catch the overflowing love of God for all people through prayer. You may never deprive yourself of this wonderful gift!
‘Your unfailing love, O Lord, is as vast as the heavens; your faithfulness reaches beyond the clouds.
Your righteousness is like the mighty mountains, your justice like the ocean depths.
You care for people and animals alike, O Lord.
How precious is your unfailing love, O God! All humanity finds shelter in the shadow of your wings.
You feed them from the abundance of your own house, letting them drink form your river of delights. For you are the fountain of life, the light by which we see.’ Psalm 36:5-9