“I have prayed for you.” Luke 22:32 NKJV
When somebody says, “I’m praying for you,” there is no greater expression of love! The tragedy of religion without power is that it leaves you ignorant of the incredible potential of prayer. Prayer moves God! And when God moves, people and situations change! Jesus told Peter, “Satan has asked for you, that he may sift you as wheat. But I have prayed for you, that your faith should not fail; and when you have returned to Me, strengthen your brethren” (vv. 31-32 NKJV). And God answered that prayer! In spite of his denial of Christ, Peter ended up leading one of the greatest spiritual awakenings in history, and two of the books in the Bible are named after him. Only eternity will reveal the lives that have been salvaged and ministries restored through prayer.
There is no distance in prayer. Through prayer you can project yourself into any situation, at any time, anywhere on earth, claiming the promise, “Whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours” (Mk 11:24 NIV). When the Philistines were about to annihilate Israel, Samuel said, “I will intercede with the Lord for you” (1Sam 7:5 NIV). And the result? The Lord thundered…against the Philistines” (v. 10 NIV). Perhaps this is what the old-timers meant when they talked about “prayin’ up a storm!” God comes by invitation. Your prayers open the door to Him. Any time you pray in Jesus’ name, the Holy Spirit is authorized to go to work accomplishing things on your behalf that cannot be accomplished any other way. Remember that, the next time someone says, “I’m praying for you.”
This message taken from: Daily Devotional – The Word For You Today