The Philippine Star

The privilege of prayer

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Give my son Solomon the wholeheart­ed devotion to keep your commands, statutes and decrees.

– 1 Chronicles Country artist Chris Stapleton’s 29:19 deeply personal song, “Daddy Doesn’t Pray Anymore,” was inspired by his own father’s prayers for him. The poi-gnant prayers lyrics ended: reveal not the disillusio­nment reason his father’s or weariness, but his own death.

Stapleton imagines that now, instead of speaking with Jesus in prayer, his dad is walking and talking face-to-face with Jesus.

Stapleton’s recollecti­on of his father’s prayers for him brings to mind a biblical father’s prayer for his son. As King David’s life ebbed away, he made preparatio­ns for his son Solomon to take over as the next king of Israel.

After assembling the nation together to anoint Solomon, David led the people in prayer, as he’d done many times before. As David recounted God’s faithfulne­ss to Israel, he prayed for the people to remain loyal to Him. Then he included a personal prayer specifical­ly for his son, asking God to “give my son Solomon the wholeheart­ed devotion to keep your commands, statutes and decrees” (1 Chronicles 29:19).

We too have the remarkable privilege to faithfully pray for the people God has placed in our lives. Our example of faithfulne­ss can make an indelible impact that will remain even after we’re gone. Just as God continued to work out the answers to David’s prayers for Solomon and Israel after he was gone, so too the impact of our prayers outlives us. – Lisa M. Samra

How have someone’s prayers made a significan­t impact on your life? How might you encourage others with your prayers?

READ: 1 Chronicles 29:11–19 Heavenly Father, I bring my loved ones before You and ask that You would work out Your plans in their lives. Bible in a Year: Ezekiel 45–46 and 1 John 2

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