Nehemiah 1:4-6 “When I heard these things, I sat down and wept. For some days, I mourned and fasted and prayed before the God of heaven. Then I said “Lord, the God of heaven, the great and awesome God, who keeps his covenant of love with those who love him and keep his commandments, let your ear be attentive and your eyes open to hear the prayer your servant is praying before you day and night…“
Although Nehemiah himself was not in trouble and the problem wasn’t necessarily his to bear, he made the need as his own. He prayed as though it was for himself, for his own need. Nehemiah took it upon himself to seek God and ask for deliverance and blessings… for others.
The pain or suffering might not be ours, but when we pray for others we should dig deep into our own heart and feel what they may be feeling. We need to make their need our need. We need to pray fervently and with faith, as though we are praying for ourselves.
Right now I pray: Lord, don’t allow our own safe distance from pain prevent us from seeing our loved ones’ needs. Break us. That we may take their pain and suffering as our own and seek you in truth and in spirit. All for your glory, in Jesus’ name. Amen.