The world community continues to shrink. Certainly, there is a vastness to the world and yet a common thread of human suffering blots out the difference between continents, religions, color, races, and creeds. Such neighborhood misery binds us all together into a single struggling mass of humanity. Think for a moment of the human anguish which, today, encircles this planet.
The hurricanes in the Caribbean, Florida, Huston, and then, of course, the earthquake destruction in Mexico City. Universal misery binds us all together. Is there a universal remedy to our worldwide dilemma? Yes, relief is possible if God’s people unite in intercessory prayer to the Heavenly Father.
Intercessory prayer is asking God’s blessing on behalf of others. Praying Christians have not begun to imagine their power to change the world. Stephen (Acts 7:4-60) interceded for the people who were at that moment murdering him. Stephen, with a heart full of love and compassion, cried out for God’s mercy to be with the crowd. The Apostle Paul watched Stephen’s stoning and heard his prayer. Paul’s life was changed by God. And in later years, he wrote, “If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal.” (1 Cor. 13:1) A wise author said, “Prayer for others is one of the best ways of loving”.
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