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As believers, we must have a burden for others. We must be willing to pray for the welfare of others. Something about intercessory prayer moves the very heart of God. Far too often, our prayers are focused on ourselves. However, there is a need to ask God’s blessings upon His people. There is so much tragedy in the world. We cannot see people suffering, and not care. Our hearts must always be open to sharing love and compassion with people of all walks of life. Today’s devotion speaks clearly about a burden for others. Our scripture reference is found in I Kings 8:28 and reads in this manner:

 “Nevertheless, listen to my prayer and my plea, O LORD my God. Hear the cry and the prayer that your servant is making to you today.”

Solomon prays on behalf of God’s people. His heart is moved as he cries out to God. He seeks God’s power and presence in the lives of His people. Solomon comes before God seeking forgiveness for them. He is aware that God honors those who pray on behalf of the people. Solomon’s heart is heavy, and he prays as a servant, coming before God carrying the burdens of his people. When you can read this entire chapter, prayerfully, you are praying on behalf of our nation, world and the countless suffering people.

I Kings 8:28 (NLT)