God doesn't need your help to save someone else. It's one thing to be moved out of concern for someone and their soul and so to pray and intercede for them. It's another thing to be afraid. As if you had any real power to do anything whatsoever apart from God.
A very important lesson we learned in seminary is that God needs nothing. And God needs no one. At first that can sound a little shocking.
He doesn't need me. I didn't even have to exist and He could be perfectly content without me.
He doesn't need you to pray for anyone you love so that they could receive grace and be saved. He doesn't need you.
He doesn't need any of us. He is the Lord. And don't underestimate that.
The beautiful thing is that He wants you.
He wants to use your intercession and your help. But He doesn't need it. And what that should do for each one of us is take off our shoulders this burden of fear. This burden thinking that our our role is somehow necessary. No. Only the Lord is necessary.
Wis 3:19; Rom 5:5-11; Jn 6:37-40
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