Prayer for the Week July 1 – Loving StrangersOn Jul 1, 2013 Prayer Closet 4 Comments Tags: Hospitality, Prayer
When the fire of prayer goes out, the barrenness of busyness takes over. (George Carey)
Jesus said, “Love one another.” In my over-scheduled, rush here and there life I find it easy to ignore this command. Not for my family or close friends, mind you, I’m talking about the stranger. The one who is standing in front of me in the grocery line, or the waitress bringing my food, or the sales clerk in the store, or the exhausted mom with babies and toddlers in tow. The countless nameless ones who come across my path every day. But God is merciful. Once again I feel His Holy Spirit awakening my spirit to a new level of truth.
You shall love the stranger, for you were once strangers in the land of Egypt. (Deut. 10: 19)
I’ve been a stranger in the land. I’m sure you have, too. Those times in life where you would have given just about anything for someone to see you, really see you and speak only a word of encouragement or offer a prayer. Every day, with eyes open, we can see those people. We have something to offer them. A hope much greater than anything the world can offer. It begins with seeing them and allowing a fleeting moment to occur where we encounter one another.
It’s an offer to pray for them. (That doesn’t mean you have to lay hands on them and pray right then and there, although there a miracles waiting to happen in those times. God does amazing things when we are willing to put pride aside and be obedient to Him.) It’s an offer to say, “I see you today and want to pray for you today. Is there anything I can pray for when I’m talking to God as I go to sleep tonight?” River Jordan in her book on praying for strangers says, “Being offered a prayer is being offered a gift. There are days upon days where I don’t have much to offer, but this little bit seems to be just what so many people needed…”
In a hurting world with so much need, we have something so amazing to give. Prayer. Simple and affective.
Please give us eyes to see your hurting ones. Do not let us walk through life blinded to the needs of others. Help us to be sensitive to the urging of the Holy Spirit to pray for strangers. Use us, Oh Lord as your hands of mercy. May our lives be changed forever.
In Jesus’ Name we pray.
Note: I really recommend reading “Praying for Strangers, An Adventure of the Human Spirit,” by River Jordan if you feel Holy Spirit awakening in your heart a desire to pray for strangers. There are so many verses in the Bible to meditate on to get the heart of Jesus as you begin your journey. Here are just a few.
Luke 10:27 You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and all your soul, and with all your strength, and with all your mind; and your neighbor as yourself.
Romans 13:10 Love does no wrong to a neighbor, therefore love is the fulfilling of the law.
Romans 12:13 Contribute to the needs of the saints; extend hospitality to strangers.
Hebrews 13: 1 Let mutual love continue. Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers for by doing that some have entertained angels without knowing it
Matthew 25: 35 I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me.
Matt. 25:40 Truly I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of my brethren you did it to me.