As you begin to work with someone, to encourage them in their walk with the Lord, and share some of your knowledge, do not forget to include them in your prayers. Prayer is an integral part of discipleship. It is a wonderful and powerful tool God gave us to help others. There are many examples in Scripture of our forefathers praying for others. One such example is Abraham praying for Abimelech. Abraham had told Abimelech that Sarah was his sister. God was not happy when Abimelech had Sarah brought into his house. God protected Sarah and Abimelech from anything negative that could have happened in Abimelech’s ignorance of who Sarah really was. God instructed Abimelech in a dream to restore Sarah to her rightful and holy space of Abraham’s wife. He then told Abimelech that Abraham would pray for him.
After Abimelech restored Sarah, Abraham did indeed pray for him and the plague of barrenness was lifted from his household as a result. Through this event, God was able to show Abimelech his power, restore Sarah to her holy space, and remove Abraham’s fear of being killed because of man’s desire for his wife. God then blessed Abraham and Sarah by opening her womb and allowing the birth of Isaac.
When we pray for those we disciple, God can remove blinders from their eyes so that they can see the LIFE in His word. He can reveal the hidden messages in His word and bring life to them. Through our prayers, He can mold them into a willing vessel that He can use to bring life to others.
So, I ask you today, have you humbly prayed for those you disciple? Remember, even while being crucified on the cross, Christ prayed for those who were doing this to them, “Father, forgive them for they know not what they do!” If He can pray at this time for those doing such horrendous things to Him, how much more can we pray for someone we are encouraging?