The Noblest Act

Today’s Journey Through Scripture Readings: Psalm 20-22; Acts 21:1-17

I pray that the Lord answers you
        whenever you are in trouble.
    Let the name of Jacob’s God protect you.
Let God send help to you from the sanctuary
    and support you from Zion.
Let God recall your many grain offerings;
    let him savor your entirely burned offerings. Selah
Let God grant what is in your heart
    and fulfill all your plans.
Then we will rejoice that you’ve been helped.
    We will fly our flags in the name of our God.
    Let the Lord fulfill all your requests!

Now I know that the Lord saves his anointed one;
    God answers his anointed one
        from his heavenly sanctuary,
    answering with mighty acts of salvation
        achieved by his strong hand.
Some people trust in chariots, others in horses;
    but we praise the Lord’s name.
They will collapse and fall,
    but we will stand up straight and strong.

Lord, save the king!
    Let him answer us when we cry out!

Psalm 20:1-9, Common English Bible

It has been said that the noblest thing a person can do for another person is to pray for them unselfishly. It is the kind of prayer David speaks of in today’s lesson. “I pray that the Lord answers you whenever you are in trouble. Let the name of Jacob’s God protect you. Let God send help to you from the sanctuary and support you from Zion.” Six times in two verses David is praying for the reader.

If we think about others the way David reminds us in Psalm 20, it should cause us to ask those around us, “How can I pray for you today?” Then, we should follow-up that question with real prayer for the real people who share our world. This isn’t or at least shouldn’t be, “Lord, help me win the lottery,” kind of prayer (I really don’t think God cares if we win the lottery). I don’t think we should pray for God to get us a new car or a new guitar (ouch, that one hurt). I am talking about praying for the real needs of real people who are around us.

Recently, I have changed my answer to prayer requests people ask me to do for them. I used to say, “Sure, I can do that for you,” or words to that effect. Then I would fall short. It isn’t that I didn’t want to pray for people, I did. I would just get busy with the rest of my day and I would forget about the prayer request. As a result, it would never happen. In the past year or so, when asked if I will pray for someone, I try to remember to stop what I am doing right then and say a prayer for the person in need. When I stop then to pray, I don’t forget. The prayer gets said at least once.

I hope you will join David in praying for the needs of those around you. I hope you will join me right then and stop what you are doing and pray not only for someone else but with them. I know it will make a difference.

Have a blessed day in the Lord.

With Joy and Thankfulness,

Copyright 2018, J. Keith Broyles, All Rights Reserved

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