Praying for Those Close to You

When he arrived, the king asked him, “Micaiah, shall we go to war against Ramoth Gilead, or shall I refrain?”
“Attack and be victorious,” he answered, “for the LORD will give it into the king’s hand.”

The king said to him, “How many times must I make you swear to tell me nothing but the truth in the name of the LORD ?” 1 Kings 22:15-16

The prophet Micaiah was known to be honest, and the kings of Israel and Judah summoned him. It’s almost as if Micaiah made the first remark ‘tongue in cheek.’ The king called him on it and he told the truth. Either King Jehoshophat knew Micaiah’s tendencies or he was reading something very different than what he was “prophesying.” And a king must already know that people stumble over themselves when talking to royalty. They say what they think the king wants to hear.

Think about it this way, how many times have you completely ignored a response to: “how are you?” If you’re like me, “Fine, Thanks.” is more than sufficient. You don’t want to go deep. However, ask someone a second time with sincerely and you’re likely to get a little closer to the truth.

Today, pray for someone you are relatively close to. Pray that God will continue to ease their burdens as they throw them upon Him. Pray that you’ll get a glimpse into their world and then when you get that glimpse that you’ll pray even harder for that person.

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