Early Monday morning I was greeted by a text from one of our pastors. It simply said, “Just wanted you to know that I was awakened this morning to pray for you. You are loved.” I thanked him in a return text.
Later on, reading Batterson’s The Circle Maker, on page 117 he talks about “Prayer promptings.” It caused me to text my pastor again: “I really don’t know why God prompted you to pray for me today. I suppose some of God’s greatest answers to prayer won’t be revealed until eternity. Would we call these “invisible answers?” Maybe God wanted to keep something from happening. We don’t know what He did. Thanks again for your sensitivity to the Spirit’s cry for an intercessor.”
I think we all have these inexplicable promptings to pray for a loved one or friend. For years as a pastor whenever I put on lather to shave in the mornings, a fellow pastor I had worked with came to mind. It was weird, but I would breath a prayer of intercession and would go on about my ministry life, until the next day. I have never discovered what might have been happening in my friend’s life that caused the Spirit to prompt me to pray.
We must learn to listen to the still small voice of the Holy Spirit. Somebody’s life may depend upon it. And if we are faithful in the small things and obey these little promptings, then God can use us to do big things.
Every Saturday morning one of my favorite intercessors sends out a prayer to a group of us. Many times over the past couple of years, I’ve been able to text him back and say, “Wow! Just what I needed.” Obey those promptings. Intercede when the Spirit prompts you to pray. Send a text or email or post on a friend’s personal Facebook page. It blessed me to receive a text from a pastor. Who might the Spirit prompt you to intercede and bless? Just do it!
David F. Nixon, D.Min.
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