One of my favorite things to hear is “Please pray for me.”
Just this morning a friend asked me to pray for her because she was not feeling well. And pray for her I did. And will continue throughout the day. A couple of weeks ago, a friend asked me to pray for her and her family due to a serious situation. And pray for her and her family I did. And do. The other week I asked a friend to pray for me regarding a perplexing incident. And pray for me he did. During the last months of my darling mother’s life, family members, friends, and colleagues were praying for us. And oh, how we felt peace and joy as a result of those prayers.
Jesus Christ was recorded in the gospels as continually removing Himself from the crowds and praying in private places. He understood and modeled the importance of approaching the Father in prayer. I imagine He prayed fervently for His family and friends.
I consider it a great honor when family members, friends, and colleagues ask me to pray for them and their family and friends. What better good can I possibly do for my loved ones than pray for them, after all? Jesus Christ directed to “Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you” (Matthew 7:7). I truly believe these words. God’s will is that we seek Him and His face. For all of our petitions.
Friend, I admit to not asking for prayer very often. But I should. We all should. If you have a need, please approach a friend and ask for prayer. Be as specific as you can be, too. I know that I appreciate when friends can tell me the first name of the person for whom I should pray. I appreciate knowing the general need, whether financial, relational, physical, or emotional. Do I need to know specifics? Absolutely not. Is it even imperative that I know first names? Of course not. God knows all situations and needs before we even utter them (Matthew 6:8). But when I can zero in on a situation and pray to the God of heaven and earth about it, naming names and expressing situations, I feel somehow more directed. More succinct. More focused. And strangely, I feel as though those prayers deliver more of a punch.
Speaking aloud to almighty God, to me, wields power and unleashes healing and blessing, plain and simple.
Please let us humble ourselves and ask for prayer from one another. God wants to hear from us and from our family and friends.
And please do let us know how we at JCC can pray for you.
March 27, 2017