I told my "Small Group" this week, that I never understood the great privilege and sacred responsibility of intercessory prayer until the last few years. I began to understand how important praying for others was when I could not pray for myself and my Brothers & Sisters in Christ stood in the gap and prayed for me. I felt each and every prayer as God would reveal through His grace during my suffering the chorus of prayers being lifted on my behalf. Since I was unable to pray for myself, the oasis of relief and the balm from the pain came after others intervened and prayed for me.
When I have asked myself the question, "Why me?". Why am I going through this valley of grief? Why, Lord, Why? Would I have ever drawn to the level of intimacy with Him that I now know if not walked this path? Would I have ever understood the importance of praying for others if I had not experienced the benefits of being prayed for? Would He ever have gotten my full attention without the experience of the past few years?
I have changed the question from "Why me?" to "Why NOT me?" Thank you, Lord that you love me enough to pick me!
"More than that, we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not put us to shame, because God's love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us."