Praying for Friends
Do you have friends and family ask you to pray for them? They will say; “Keep me in your prayers because I’m going to be …” or they may say, “Pray for our son’s wife, she has…” You probably have people say this to you often or you may ask these same questions of others yourself. Praying for others gives you the opportunity to see God’s awesome power at work. It also releases us from our self-centeredness. Importantly, praying for others allows us to be in service with God. 1 Timothy 2:1-4 says; “Therefore I exhort first of all supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks be for all men, for kings and all who are in authority, that we may lead a quiet life and peaceable life in all goodliness and reverence.” Notice we are to pray not only for those we know but those we don’t, and for those who are in authority like our president, our mayor, our judges, our supervisors? This is what God’s Word says.
Our heart is softened toward other people when we pray for them. Wouldn’t you agree? We become more like Christ having more compassion for all people when we pray for them. Praying for others allows God’s love to work through us. I believe when we pray for others we allow the Holy Spirit to speak to us concerning the needs of the person we are praying for and He tells us how we are to pray. I like what the Bible says in Ephesians 6:18 about praying; “Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all saints.”
Be encouraged that when someone ask you to pray for them or to keep them in your prayers, that you stop right then, and tell them you want to do it right now! Don’t put it off. When they make the request do it then don’t wait. The power of prayer at the moment someone request it is awesome. God is listening at that moment! Our waiting until we are alone or when it is more convenient for us to pray for this person who is now requesting prayer has always seemed disrespectful to me. No, instead, carpe diem, seize the moment! Do it right then with them and for them.
When you pray for the healing of someone, in your mind see it being done! See their healing taking place. Your faith can cause their healing to happen! May God bless you and always answer all your prayers.