Yesterday, I went to a Women’s ministry meeting, where we exchange mugs filled with the prayer requests of another member. Each member is then committed to praying for another woman’s prayer needs for a month. I quickly wrote down all of my prayer requests that dealt with my and my families current needs and placed my list in one of the mugs.
Each lady took a turn choosing a mug and looking over the list of prayers of their chosen prayer partner. By coincidence, I picked my friend Jen’s mug, folded it up and placed the list in my Bible without looking at it.
This morning as I sipped my coffee, I took her prayer list out, unfolded the paper and read her requests. I couldn’t help but notice they were almost all for other people! I started crying as I thought, that is so JEN of her. Here is her opportunity to ask for prayer for HER needs, and yet she can’t help thinking of the needs of her friends.
It dawned on me that she is one of the most compassionate people I know. She constantly thinks of others first, always lifting them up in prayer and encouraging them with her sweet smile. In my life, she is a subtle reminder of the compassion of Christ, who lives to intercede for us. She also encourages me to look outside myself, so I may be able to intercede for others as well.
“Therefore He is able to save completely those who come to God through Him, because He always lives to intercede for them.”
-Hebrews 7:25 (NIV)
“Jesus, thank You for Your compassion and mercy. I am humbled to know that You daily intercede for me and my sins. Thank You for giving me friends who willingly pray for me. Give me Your compassion for others that I might lift up the requests of the people you lay on my heart, including…”