Will you pray for me?
This question is one that so many may have. However, our culture has taught us that asking for help and being vulnerable is a sign of frailty. Yet, the truth is, we all could use extra prayer.
Over the last month, my husband and I have had the honor of teaching a bible study on prayer. Many topics were discovered and expounded on when it comes to why we pray, when we should pray, and how to pray. However, as the facilitators, our greatest goal was that our peers learned to courageously pray for another person. I learned during this month that telling a person “I will pray for you” is a much more convenient way of ministering to others. Today I challenge you to actually consider using your mouth to pray for people in need.
What if you knew that by praying for a person in need it changed the trajectory of their entire life?
Often times, the reasons we do not pray for people is for selfish reasons.
I don’t have time.
My prayers aren’t effective.
They may think I’m crazy.
I don’t know how to pray.
What if they aren’t a believer and I offend them?
What if they decline my request to pray?
Only crazy people pray for strangers.
All these reasons one may seem valid to some. Yet, the very heartbeat of every Christian should be prayer.
Prayer is our tangible way to call on the resources of heaven on behalf of an individual.
As Christians, we should have a firm confidence that what we pray for in His name can happen. We must have faith that the VERY reason God places people in our path is so that we can pray on their behalf. Yet, so many of us choose to hoard prayer for ourselves. I must admit I have been guilty of this as well over my lifetime. In the day of social media, the typing the words “I will pray for you” used to be my best friend. If this sounds like you, today is the day for a change.
Imagine how the world would shift if every Christian would finally start to pray for others.
In the same way, prayer is essential in this ongoing warfare. Pray hard and long. Pray for your brothers and sisters. Keep your eyes open. Keep each other’s spirits up so that no one falls behind or drops out. Ephesians 6:18 (Msg)
Since I have adopted this new way of thought, God has challenged me on numerous occasions to pray for people. From praying for a nurse to praying with a grandmother at a bus stop, God continues to open my ears to be the voice of hope for others. It is my hope that you would do the same and be courageous in your prayers for others.
I leave you with these verses to challenge you into a new way of thought. Your words can revolutionize another person’s life. Never be too afraid to pray for someone! God wants to use YOU today!
Do nothing from selfishness or empty conceit, but with humility of mind regard one another as more important than yourselves; do not merely look out for your own personal interests, but also for the interests of others. Philippians 2:3-4
The LORD restored the fortunes of Job when he prayed for his friends, and the LORD increased all that Job had twofold.-Job 42:10
The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective. James 5:16