Wednesday, May 24, 2006

Somebody's praying me through

Last Sunday as we were studying through the Mansion of Prayer, we got to what we called the Guest Room. This is the place of intercession, the place where we pray for the needs of others. We learned that this involves intensity. In Acts 12:5, the church prayed “fervently” for Peter in prison awaiting execution. The word “fervently” was a medical term describing stretching a muscle to its limit. These believers didn’t just pray; they stretched their spiritual muscles to the limit as they prayed. In Romans 15:30, Paul didn’t just ask the church at Rome to pray for him. He asked them to “strive together” in prayer for him. It comes from the Greek word where we get our English word “agonize.” He asked them to agonize in prayer for him. When was the last time that you agonized in prayer for someone else, stretching your spiritual muscles to the limit?

Can you remember a time in your life when the only thing that got you through was that somebody was praying for you? We closed that Sunday’s service with a song. The lyrics to that song were written by Darrell R. Brown and Ty Lacy and are written out for you below. May God use it today to bring us to our knees on behalf of somebody else.

Somebody's Praying Me Through

Pressing over me like a big blue sky
I know someone has me on their heart tonight
That's why I know it's gonna be alright
'Cause somebody's praying me through
Somebody's praying me through

It may be my Mother, it might be my Dad
Or an old friend I've forgot I had
But whoever it is I'm so glad that
Somebody's praying me through
Somebody's praying me through

Through the tears, through the rain
Through the sorrow, through the pain
It keeps bringing me through
Over and over again
So when you're drowning in a sea of hurt
And it feels like life couldn't get any worse
There's a blessing waiting to push back the curse

'Cause somebody's praying you through
Somebody's praying you through
Someone got down on their knees and prayed for me
Somebody's, somebody's praying you through

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