A Powerful Prayer, But Be Careful!

A Powerful Prayer, But Be Careful!
November 8, 2012 Lighthouse Network

November 08, 2012

Transformational Thought
There are a few prayers that I know God answers quickly, and better yet, He answers by saying “yes.” One particular prayer should actually come with a warning label that goes something like this; “Don’t pray this unless you are ready for instantaneous results.” The prayer is simple; “Please Lord, make me an instrument to carry out some important mission of mercy for you.” In other words, please use me to help someone in need.

We are called to be salt and light in this world, to be a Good Samaritan to those whom others ignore, to always be prepared to give an answer for our joy and hope. This answer could be through actions or words, or both. Amazingly though, after you say this prayer, someone in need will practically show up on your life’s doorstep! Why does God answer this prayer so quickly? Because it facilitates God’s whole plan of eternal salvation and the Great Commission: to save others by using us. You see, if He didn’t want to use us, He would take us to heaven as soon as we are saved. But many people are in need, and God calls us to go out and spread the good news. That’s the Great Commission.

I believe that when we ask God to use us to solve other people’s problems, another phenomenal process immediately happens. He begins in earnest to help us with our own issues. The natural outcome of helping others is that we get to share in the benefits ourselves. In many ways it’s the “what goes around comes around” dynamic in reverse. Many people experience this principle when helping someone in need or when participating in a missions trip. The experience of blessing others blesses us as well.

Our natural bent is to be looking out for #1, ourselves. We focus on activities that help us … using the “What’s in it for me?” mentality. But God chooses to bless us whenever we humble ourselves to be used by Him to impact others. The blessings and growth we reap are powerful motivators to continue praying this prayer and be mission-minded in our everyday activities!

Today, instead of being self-focused, ask God to use you as His instrument to help another person. Then watch how quickly He answers your prayer and be amazed. Be alert to the ways He will act for your growth. He will raise your antennae so you are alert and ready to help others. In fact, it might be someone who’s already in your life waiting for you to step boldly out of love. Being an instrument to help others is your decision, so choose well.

Dear Father God, I pray that You will use me as Your instrument to carry out some important mission of mercy for You. I know, Father, that if You are going to use me, You will begin to shape me into the best possible instrument I can be for the specific role You have created. Thank You, Lord. Help me to be a good listener and not a judge as you send needy people my way. Work on my heart so I have Your lenses. Let me be Your mouthpiece, Your hands, and Your feet in this missional opportunity You are providing. I present these requests in the name of the one who is pure love and who always said yes to minister to others, Christ Jesus; and all God’s children say – AMEN!

The Truth
Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends.  John 15:13

He who finds his life will lose it, and he who loses his life for My sake will find it.  Matthew 10:39

that you may be blameless and innocent, children of God without blemish in the midst of a crooked and twisted generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world, holding fast to the word of life, so that in the day of Christ I may be proud that I did not run in vain or labor in vain.  Philippians 2:15,16

Comments (27)

  1. kalpana.ps 9 years ago

    pray for me my husband isgoing to marry another lady within two months how can i stop it .their is no proof for my marriag it was a illegal love marriage

  2. Eric 8 years ago

    I need to be prayed for. It is time I saved my God in spirit and flesh.


  3. Beth 8 years ago

    Please let Rob open the door for me, so I can prove trust and financial security to him. Thank you.

  4. Smriti Hembrom 8 years ago

    I am Smriti Hembrom. My Aipmt exam will be held on 01/05/2016. I did not study anything. I don’t know how can I complete my syllabus. Now just 6 days left. I can’t concentrate in my study. I need my God’s help. I know that everything is possible for God. Please pray for me that I can complete my syllabus within 6 days.

    Thank you

  5. Matthew 8 years ago

    Please pray for me a sinner I ask Gods forgivness and marcy. I am ready to follow you Lord please heal and guide me

  6. alicia 7 years ago

    I’m so anxieous and worried, burdened by financial fears. ..please pray for my family in this time of need. And let us be vessels for his good deeds to flow through in return.

  7. kakkerla pramod goud 7 years ago

    sir iam kakkerla pramod goud from india sir iam suffering with severe evil spirits problem and severe demonic powers problem in head sir since 2 years iam suffering sir my parents taken me to many doctors and astrolagers sir they spend 3 lacs on me sir but there is no use sir with my problem my father got heart surgery sir my wife leaved me sir with all this problems i did a sucide attempt sir by takeing poison sir one person saved me and said few words about jesus and said this webadderess sir now iam in iccu sir doctors did all tets and said in my body total nerves are completly dead and they are in disorder and there is no insulin in my body sir they given powerful injections to activate nerves and set them in order sir but there is no use sidoctoprs said my case is very complicated cand with in 24 hours if any improvement in nerves and set in order there is a chance to live if not there is no chance to live they declared sir if my father knows this his heart will stop sir iam the only son to them sir with my friends help and doctors permission i came to nearest cyber cafe and sending this message sir it it is not a face message sir it is my life sir i didnt have energy to send meesage sir may be it is my frist and last reqest sir o lord jesus if yiou want to take me to you take me i cant bear this trouble god

  8. Monica Selas 6 years ago

    Hi I’m Monica Selas. Please pray for me to get things done as per God’s wish. Lord please help me out.

  9. Laura Jumpp 6 years ago

    Please let Lucio call me right away so I know he still loves me.

  10. Carlo Reda 6 years ago

    Dear God Please pray I meet a nice girlfriend and get a good job

  11. Nyoka Brooks 6 years ago

    Please pray for me I am sinner seeking God i have been struggling with my faith as it feels as though the more ive prayed and worshipped the enemy has attacked me harder my first thought was to give up completely but as i read other struggles and different prayers i feel God’s love in my body so I’m holding strong my father im going to fall but it feels so good that you will catch me Thank you Jesus

  12. Marina Davis 6 years ago

    Amen!! Praise jesus!! My light and love

  13. Katey 6 years ago

    I need your prayers. Please pray with me that my parents allow me to study in Colegio de San Juan de Letran in Manila. Please pray that angels may come in disguise to help finance my studies, especially with allowance and lodging. Thank you very much.

  14. Shantell Williams 6 years ago

    Please pray for me, I ask God forgiveness and mercy. I am ready to follow you Lord, please heal and restore my marriage. AMEN

  15. CHRISTOPHER BARBER 6 years ago



    I. LOVE. YOU. …..


  16. Faruk 6 years ago

    My name is faruk.i am 34 years
    A girl name wahida and her family kept a proposal for marriage for 3 times in between for 2 years.and again they should cancel it.they did for 3 times for 2 years.in between that girl used to talk to me on phone and I was loving her lot.i requested that girl I love you and want to marry you but you are arranging marriage and cancelling it.
    So I request you to pray for me that God should do my marriage with that girl soon within a month as my age is moving on
    Please pray for me

  17. Carlton Thomas 6 years ago

    I need prayer for peace in my house. This guy Dennis has been in our lives a family friend for 7 years. Him and my mom argue, and I’m tired of being in the middle of it. I wish he would leave. NOW! I’m tired I’m about at my wits end. I’m praying the lord removes this guy NOW I’m getting fed up!

  18. Sandra 6 years ago

    I’m Sandra please send my ex Charles back to me, I need a financial blessing so we can start a business together move in together get marry and be happy.. Thank you for all you blessing this far, in Jesus name AMEN!!!!

  19. Aristote Adisto 5 years ago

    Help me god to protect my family and pay all my debts so love ans strengh .and trust and safety may live in our home again please lord in the name of jesus Christ amen

  20. Rosa 5 years ago

    Please god help us that everything goes well with the refinancing process and that it will bring us peace and tranquility so much needed so that in turn we can help others thank you lord

  21. Iyen 5 years ago

    Please pray for me a sinner and i ask for forgiveness….. i am ready to follow you lord. Please help me.

  22. Shirley 5 years ago

    Dear Lord,
    Thank you for my brilliant full time job!! Please pray for me, that I get the money I need ASAP, and that my daughter will get to go to Cambridge university for September 2019.


  23. Emma 5 years ago

    I pray for my son, heal him from his anxiety and panic attacks. In Jesus mighty name I pray. Amen ????

  24. Karla 5 years ago

    I’m on the 4th day of this prayer and nothing yet.

  25. Chiara 5 years ago

    Lord I pray for that place to call my own where I belong with my children where love rules over all evil!

  26. Richard & Lisa Lessor 5 years ago

    Lord i rech out to say i pray my husband Richard will find away to come to You with all his heart, reject negatives from the past n love me as his beloved and teach us together to help others see that you are everything n that we are all loved. Instill in us to overcome as one n follow your path while inspiring others to come live in your word. May my husband find his way to love me and admit we both did wrong and can still fix or marriage that is in your eyes for life. Help us fix other broken marriages n bring the families to service to you. Thank you my savior….thank you for our lives.

  27. Brenda 5 years ago

    I’m in need of prayer to restore my marriage to make it how it used to be and all obstacle that’s are interfering will go away

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