“And he kneeled down, and cried with a loud voice, Lord, lay not this sin to their charge. And when he had said this, he fell asleep.”

This was the prayer from one of Jesus’ disciples as he was being stoned to death.

I love the tenderness of his words. He chose not anger and frothy vitriol.  Instead he chose grace and mercy toward his misguided and merciless attackers.

Who is praying for you? If you are in meed of mercy.

Who prayed for you already? If you’ve since accepted God’s free gift of salvation.

Who are you praying for? If you know God’s call to all believers to spread the good news of the gospel.

The truth is, no one comes to the Father unless they are the recipient or beneficiary of prayer.

Jesus prayed for all who would believe. This proves that it’s a requirement that someone stand in the gap for us when we are unaware of our destitute nature. When we don’t know we NEED God.

So I encourage you to ponder if you should respond to the love and prayers of those who love you.

Or ponder if you’ve embraced the power and privilege of praying for some one else.

It worked for Stephen, the disciple.

His prayer we just read?

It was prayed as a man named Saul was leading the assassination against him.

Amazing, since not even three chapters later, Saul is bombarded on the road to Damascus by Jesus himself and presented with the awesome gift of salvation.

If it worked for a Jew who hated Christians to the point wanted them extinguished. It will work for all of us… whether we are sure of our salvation or not.


1 Comment (+add yours?)

  1. Linda Stone
    Jan 14, 2013 @ 20:28:32

    bless you Frank – good article – I am praying for you and this ministry daily – blessings and love to you Brother,

    Mama Stone


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