If there were airplanes back in the Early Church Age, Paul would have logged thousands of miles. Amazingly, he still traveled thousands of miles on foot. He was a busy man, yet with all his travels he still made time to pray. There were many people Paul met on his missionary journeys, and their needs were dear to his heart. He expressed his concern in some of his personal letters, First and Second Timothy and Philemon. These letters were written behind bars during some of the darkest times of his life.
When things couldn’t get much worse for Paul, his heart went out to his suffering brethren. He never forgot their struggle. He faithfully brought their difficulties before the Lord. He was a true prayer warrior. Paul demonstrated two important life principles:
- People are more important than our problems.
- Praying for others relieves our pain.
It’s not natural to seek others’ well-being in our personal crises. It’s not natural to witness to your co-worker when you’re going through a divorce. It’s not natural to encourage your depressed neighbor when you’ve lost a fortune in the stock market. It’s not natural to pray for your friends when you’re about to lose your house. But if you do these things through the power of the Holy Spirit, God will give you joy.
A prayer warrior is a person who is convinced . . . that God has the power to do anything, to change anyone, and to intervene in any circumstance. — Unknown Author
Devotional by Pastor Jim Scudder, Jr.