Don’t Become Cold-hearted
“Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted”
Many have misconceptions about the scripture above because they’re not familiar with the use of prophetic language. When the Lord Jesus made this statement, He wasn’t talking about the mourning of a loved one; rather, He was talking as a prophet.
When you study the lives of the Old Testament prophets in the Bible, you’d often read of how they put ashes on their heads or tore their clothes as they mourned. On such occasions, they weren’t mourning because they lost something, or maybe someone died, no. They mourned because of God’s children who had either gone into captivity or weren’t serving God rightly, the way they should. They were concerned with the plight of God’s people so they mourned in intercession for their deliverance. And when the deliverance came, the prophets were comforted.
Some Christians are less concerned about the well-being of fellow believers. They hear that a particular brother or sister doesn’t go to church anymore, yet they’re unperturbed. This ought not to be so! Just as the prophets were concerned about the Israelites, we also must be concerned about the plight of other believers around us and throughout the world. How often do you pray for the persecuted, the distressed, the backslidden and the sick around the world? If you haven’t been doing this consistently, then you must begin today!
In Exodus 32, God was on the verge of destroying the entire Israelite nation because of their disobedience, but Moses stood in His way in prayer. He stood in the gap for the children of Israel , seeking the mercy of God on their behalf. Moses strongly connected himself to the people, and the Bible says, “So even though the LORD had threatened to destroy the people, he changed his mind and let them live” (Exodus 32:14 CEV). Hallelujah!
This should be your attitude towards other believers around you. Don’t become cold-hearted; realize that it’s your spiritual obligation to intercede in prayer for fellow believers. Jesus said you’re blessed when you do this, for you’ll be comforted. That means your prayers will yield the desired results.
Dear heavenly Father,
I pray that your grace, mercy and strength will mantle the hearts of your children all over the world who today, are experiencing one challenge or the other! I ask that they experience the speedy intervention of your Spirit, and the ministry of angels, right now, and that the miracle they require will reach them by free course,
in Jesus’ Name. Amen. Amen.
Colossians 4:12; Galatians 4:19
DAILY SCRIPTURE READING
1 Year Bible reading plan: Luke 18: 15-43, 1 Samuel 11-13
2 Year Bible reading plan: Romans 14: 12-23, Psalm 120-122