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Nov
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THOUGHTS ON THANKS: OTHERS

For this reason I too, having heard of the faith in the Lord Jesus which exists among you, and your love for all them saints, do not cease giving thanks for you, while making mention of you in my prayers.Ephesians 1:15-16
Putting others in front of ourselves is an act that is encouraged in the Scripture (Matthew 20:16). As a matter of fact, it is a virtuous fulfillment of the law, because when we put others first, we are loving our neighbor as we would love ourselves (Galatians 5:14). One of the ways that we can fulfill this virtue is to thank God for other brothers and sisters in Christ, and remember their needs in prayer. It is a truth that disciples are commanded to “Bear one another’s burdens, and thereby fulfill the law of Christ” (Galatians 6:2).
The Bible is full of examples of people who prayed for others. Abraham (Genesis 18:23 and 20:17), Job (Job 1:5 and 42:8), Jeremiah (Jeremiah 42:4), and Jesus (John 17) all offered up intercessory prayers and supplications for the cause of other people. And the examples listed here is just the tip of the iceberg of all the examples given in the Word of God. The lesson here is that intercessory prayer for others has been a custom and practice for many thousands of years, even practiced by the Son of God, Himself.
Taking prayer requests and “making mention” of them in our prayers is not only a virtue of putting others first, but it is a commandment to “bear one another’s burdens.” Let us not forget to take seriously the task of bearing the weight of others in our prayers.

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