Friday, June 17, 2011

Prayer - Can I Pray for You?

On June 14th on the season premiere of HawthoRNe a most touching and particularly poignant scene transpired. The main character - Cristina Hawthorne was viciously attacked and was in serious medical condition. Derek Luke's character, asked if he could pray for Cristina's daughter - Camille and she replies “Yes.” He proceeded to pray - "Dear Father God, the True MD..."I don't remember the entire prayer but he also said..."Grant Camille a peace that passes all understanding..., in Jesus' name, Amen."

It was surreal watching this scene on a prime time TV show; from a Christian perspective, I felt that the character got it right! He prayed to God, he was humble, he lifted up the hurting, and he wanted God's will in the situation.

Camille looked stunned yet comforted that someone who she barely knew would take time out to intercede on her behalf to a God who he clearly talks to on a regular basis. To intercede in prayer means to go before God on another’s behalf. That look on Camille's face - disbelief, surprise, comfort, encapsulates what happens when we are bold enough to pray for someone audibly in their time of need. Sometimes it does not matter what you say - just the very fact that you are praying makes all the difference in the world. You experience a selfless love when you pray.

Derek Luke’s character prayed for peace - he prayed a scripture (Philippians 4:7). In essence saying - not my will, but thine be done. When you pray the word of God you pray the will of God.

There are many examples of people praying on another's behalf in the Bible:

We never know what each person is going through. It may be traumatic, or they may seem calm on the outside. Take a moment to talk with them and if led by the Holy Spirit, gently ask – “Can I pray for you?” As Christians, we are encouraged to pray for each other; for all people.

What a privilege we as Christians have to come boldly to the throne of God with our prayers and requests and find grace to help in a time of need.

Have you prayed for someone today? How do you feel when someone prays for you?


  1. I prayed for family and friends as they came to mind. I've been praying for my sister, that she may have a beautiful time delivering her first daughter tomorrow. I feel compassion and strength when someone prays for me. I love this post because I believe in the power of prayer!

  2. Great post! I have the episode on my DVR but have not watched it yet. I absolutely pray for someone when they request it or when I feel like they need it. I appreciate it immensely when someone offers to pray for me and I accept.

  3. The prayers of the righteous availeth much...

  4. I just made my way to your blog for the first time and I wanted to say how wonderful this post is. I'm so sorry about your brother. I can't imagine how hard it must be to recover from something like that.

    I pray for so many members, strangers I encounter - the list is endless.

    Thank you for sharing!

  5. I feel incredibly loved and blessed when someone prays for me! I remember almost 3 years ago when my daughter was diagnosed with Ds and a nursing assistant came into my room about 6 am while I was crying in my spirit to God. I was amazed that He truly heard me and took the time to send tangible evidence that we would be ok. Just an awesome God!

  6. thanks all - have you noticed how they've worked the whole aspect of praying in to the season so far? more to come, as i blog about it


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