“He regards the prayer of the destitute and does not despise their prayer.” Psalm 102:17 (ESV)
In one church we attended the pastor would pray the weekly list for the sick, the pregnant, the soldiers, those traveling, those in the mission field and those who had died. At the end of the list he always added, "and for those for whom nobody else prays."
How sad to think that there are people out there in this world who are so isolated and alone that no one is praying for them. They may be sleeping under bridges or sleeping in a mansion. Destitution is not necessarily an economic thing. It is always a spiritual one.
Prayer never falls deaf upon God's ears. He hears every whisper and every scream. Prayer can reach across thousands of miles or just down the street. Prayer can reach into the crevices of a heart cracked from hurt and pain. It can filter through the closed doors of doubt. It can touch the lives of people we will never know, as well as those we think we know, and change them. Prayer brings miracles into action, sends the devil fleeing, and heals hidden wounds. Never underestimate the power of a simple prayer.
When you are down and discouraged, when despair creeps in and you can't find the words to send up to Heaven, God has already placed you on someone else's heart. Someone on this earth, as well as the Son in Heaven amongst the throngs of angels, is praying for you.
Father in Heaven, thank you that You care enough to prompt others to pray for us, and us for others. It is a reminder that in all things, You are there and You care, even if we are numb to it. Thank you that Your Son is eternally praying for us, and as Paul states in Romans, Your Spirit groans for us when we cannot find the words. Amen.
If God has placed a thought on your heart, or a name of a person, or even an image, take time to stop and pray. How can we pray for you?