Dear Heavenly Father, I pray that You would get the attention of (insert name/ names here) in whatever way is necessary. I love this person and wish them no harm. However, sometimes we need to come to the end of ourselves before we can come to You. Show them that You alone are God. Allow them to experience whatever it is that they need to experience that will make them realize that without You, nothing is possible. That life is empty and meaningless without the joy of the Lord. That our efforts are futile and in vain when they aren’t done in Your strength and power. Allow them just enough discomfort that they realize the need to release their grip on all things and place them into Your loving hands. Help them to realize that there is no salvation or provision aside from what You give. Bring on the pain if that is what is necessary to save their very lives. And, perhaps most importantly, allow me to be a light that shines over the darkness of their life so that they would want what I have in You, for their good and for Your glory. In the matchless name of Jesus Christ we pray. Amen.
Have you ever prayed a prayer like this for someone you love dearly?
If you have, you have probably felt as guilty as I just did praying that for several people that I love and for some I hardly know.
In a way, I feel as though I am praying for harm to come upon another person. Of course, in my heart, I know that this is the farthest thing from the truth, but it is still hard to bring these words before my heavenly Father.
Because I know He answers prayers.
Because I know that it is His will for each and every one of us to come to a saving knowledge of Him.
I would hate to hear of the demise of someone that I have prayed for like this wondering if they are suffering because I asked God to bring that upon them.
And yet I know that nothing happens outside of the will of God. He knows when each sparrow falls from the sky.
This is the hardest prayer to pray.
It’s one thing to pray to God asking Him to bring me to the end of myself because I know that is what I need to be closer to Him.
But to pray it for another?
That’s never easy.
And yet I would want someone to pray this for me.
Not because I enjoy trials, temptations, storms, or pain, but because God is good. Everything good that we need is found in Him and in Him alone.
It is hard to kick against the goads.
So, in faith, I bring these words to my heavenly Father because He knows my heart for those who desire to be a god rather than to serve the One True Living God.
He knows what they need to bring them to their knees in order that they would lay down their pride and surrender it to Him.
We all need that, really.
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