Last week, our son Blake got a prize for being the youngest at the 1st birthday party of our friend’s son. After getting the prize, the host who I barely knew mentioned that the whole church was praying for Blake.
Just to give you a background, two years ago we lost our daughter Brooke. That was the most painful experience we ever had so far. During that time, I had the opportunity to ask our church to stand with us in prayer during a prayer meeting. And by the grace of God and through the intercession of many, we have weathered the storm of losing our precious daughter.
And now that Blake is here, very healthy, very cute, very smart (at three months he’s just so talkative), once again our prayers and the prayers of righteous men and women who stood with us have been answered.
Prayer is such an awesome privilege. What a blessing it is to access God anytime and anywhere to present our requests and to pour out our hearts. But on the other hand, prayer is not just about asking God for your needs. As believers, we are all called to pray for one another.
The Bible says in James 5:16 that as we pray for each other, we will receive healing. In 1 Timothy 2:1-2, we are commanded to pray for everyone that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness.
But the awesomeness of praying in community is the fact that many can celebrate with you when prayers are answered.
You also must help us by prayer, so that many will give thanks on our behalf for the blessing granted us through the prayers of many. (2 Corinthians 1:11 ESV)
As a husband and wife, my wife and I value praying for one another. Because of Gods faithfulness in our lives, we have decided to access this privilege and to respond in obedience to God by praying for others.
Just a few hours ago, we met with one of our prayer partners. We started laying down some of our prayer items and listened to hers. It was a refreshing time! Even if those prayers have not been answered yet, somehow we feel as if we’ve received answers to our prayers because of someone speaking life into things that don’t yet exist.
I encourage you to make the most out of this privilege of asking for prayer and to step up to the call of praying for others.
I’m sure that you’ll find it to be very rewarding as you find joy in the faithfulness of God and as you celebrate with your friend when their breakthrough comes.