Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Prayer requests

This Tuesday is our day for prayer requests.

I hope that we don't take this lightly. It is a real privilege, and also a blessing to pray for and with other Christians.

                            First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions,
                            and thanksgivings be made for all people, (I Timothy 2:1)

                            Praying at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication.
                           To that end keep alert with all perseverance, making supplication
                           for all the saints, (Ephesians 6:8)

                           Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one
                           another, that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person
                           has great power as it is working. (James 5:16)

                           And the Lord restored the fortunes of Job, when he had prayed
                          for his friends. And the Lord gave Job twice as much as he had
                          before. (Job 42:10)

                          Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness. For we do not know
                         what to pray for as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us
                         with groanings too deep for words. And he who searches hearts knows
                         what is the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the
                         saints according to the will of God.  (Romans 8:26-27)

Notice that we are to pray for one another; we are to offer prayers both of thanksgiving and of supplications (requests). We are even told that Job was rewarded for his prayers, and that we'll be rewarded by the Spirit interceding for us.

Surely it is an honor when others ask for our prayers. It is a blessing, as well, when we hear of answered prayers and changed lives.

What can we help you pray about, today?

1 comment:

Cathy said...

I would like to request prayer for my son, who is in need of salvation. He's not in trouble, and he seems quite happy in his life as it is. He has gotten through the pain and anger and bitterness associated with his separation from his ex-wife..... an answer to a prayer request from several years ago..... and is now learning how to be a Dad in the context of divorce. But those of us mothers who have unsaved children can relate to the special painful parts of our hearts for our unsaved children. We don't need to know their names, God does, but may we all join together in praying for our unsaved children, for the perseverance to continue praying for them, and for the words to speak to them to remind them of their need, should the opportunity arise. Most of all, may we pray that we don't become discouraged and impatient, as we await the Lord's working and answers.