What a Privilege to Pray for One Another
How often does someone approach us and ask us to pray for them? For many, it could be every day or several times a day. Have you ever thought about the responsibility and privilege that request carries? Honestly, I don’t always.
God’s word actually commands us to pray for one another. (Galatians 6:2 “Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.”)
Praying for one another strengthens our relationships with them and with the Lord.
We can pray for each other for a number of reasons: salvation, safety and healing just to name a few. God uses our prayers to line up our hearts to His will. We also have the assurance that God hears our prayers. (1 John 5:14 “This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to His will, he hears us.”) When we pray for one another it benefits us as well. We begin to experience the peace of God. (Philippians 4:6-7 “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”)
We will grow spiritually and learn to trust God more and more. (Romans 12:12 “Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, and faithful in prayer.”) We pray for people because we love them and want them to come to know God more deeply. As you encounter people in need of prayer, remember that praying for one another benefits both parties but most of all it honors Christ through obedience..
I have been serving in the personal ministries area for over 2 years, and we have people call in and ask for prayer. It is an honor to pray with them. I would like to encourage you to pray for the people we serve as well. So many of you donate food items each week, and we greatly appreciate it. Let’s take it a step further. When you are shopping for your items, pray for the families that will receive them. Pray for the single mom and her children who receive that cake mix or canned vegetables. Pray for that young man who receives the peanut butter or cereal. Pray that they will somehow see Jesus and their need for Him. Pray as you leave your items that the gospel of Christ is being proclaimed through this ministry. Pray for the ones volunteering that the love of Christ will shine through them. We may never know the impact our prayers have on others. In reality it could be eternal.
Have a great week!
LaSondra Hatton, Personal Ministries Assistant