The morning after my salvation, I jumped out of bed and eventually made my way to the family room. I felt an inner desire to pray. The only problem was that I had been an agnostic for twenty years and no matter how we slice the bologna, agnosticism does not prepare us very well for praying.
The best I could come up with while sitting on the sofa was something like this: “Lord, bless my wife. Bless my son. Bless my daughter. Bless my mom. Bless my dad…” And so forth.
These simple prayers probably seem juvenile to most believers, but to be honest, I still follow the same prayer format today.
For example, when I sold cars, I walked around and introduced myself to everyone at the various dealerships where I worked. During the introductions, I asked the names of their spouses and their children. Then, I prayed and asked God to bless each worker and his family by their individual names each morning.
I do not cease to give thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers (Ephesians 1:16)
From time to time, the Holy Spirit gives me insight or I have personal knowledge so I can pray special prayers for people. But for the most part, this is the exception rather than the norm for me.
Who carries out our prayers?
Bless the LORD, O you his angels, you mighty ones who do his word, obeying the voice of his word! (Psalm 103:20)
Angels wait for us believers to pray in line with scriptures and true prophetic words so they can carry out our words. In Hebrews, the author refers to these angels as ministering spirits, whose main service is to care for people who will inherit salvation. And guess what? God desires for all to be saved.
In addition, the Greek word sōtēria, which is translated into the English word salvation, not only implies eternal salvation but every blessing from God.
So, when we bless someone, it’s a full mouthful of good stuff for that person.
How would you like to add a little more juice to your prayers?
(Continued in Part 8)