“No one who hopes in You will ever be put to shame, but shame will come on those who are treacherous without cause” (Psalm 25: 2-3).

Think for a moment of the multitudes of people who need prayer; how many are there who are sick and weary and alone, and who feel that their prayers are not being answered, who sometimes fear that their hope is in vain. Remember, too, the many servants of God, ministers or missionaries, teachers or counselors, whose hope in their work has been disappointed and who long for a manifestation of God’s power and blessing. Think of those who have heard of the life of rest and perfect peace, of abiding fellowship with God and His people, but who cannot find the path to it. In each of these cases there is no explanation but that they have not yet learned the secret of waiting on God. They simply need what we all need: the full assurance that waiting on God is never an exercise in vain.

If this intercession for others becomes a part of our waiting on Him, we will help to bear one another’s burdens. There will be introduced into our waiting the element of unselfishness and love that is the path to the highest blessing and the fullest communion with God. Christ did not seek to enjoy the Father’s love for himself alone; He passed it on to us. So let us also love our neighbor. Let this be a reminder to God’s children who are weary, or who are going through trials, that there are more people praying for them than they know. Let it move them and us so that in our waiting we can at times forget our own needs and say to the Father, “Answer those who also wait on you.”

Adapted from Power in Prayer by A. Murray