Prayer is so often the tool that we as Christians forget to use. In fact, it’s a powerful tool and one that Satan would hate for us to use.
As Corrine Ten Boom quoted, “Is prayer your steering wheel or your spare tire?”
I hope that you will be encouraged as you read this guest post by Lauren on how we can help pray for one another. She shares how we can simply do so and you and I can begin today!
Praying For One Another
It was a cold early January morning; the sun had yet to rise and a little flurry of snow began to swirl about our car as my husband drove toward the hospital. I was about to check in for pre-op to undergo open heart surgery. At 28 years old, I needed my pulmonary heart valve replaced due to a congenital heart defect. I remember being bundled up in my winter coat and checking a few voicemails from friends and family. One message stands out to me from my dear friend Katie. She shared that she was fervently praying for me as I approached this surgery. She explained that she spent the day before interceding for me and would continue her prayers as I headed into surgery.
I burst into tears. I was so encouraged by my friend who was so burdened by suffering, that she would continually pray to the Lord for me. I paused and thought of all the people God had put in my life, my husband, my parents, my in-laws, my friends, who were stopping their days to spend time in prayer to God on my behalf.
The surgery was successful, but I came out of the hospital with more than just a better heart; I had learned so much about God, His Sovereignty, anxiety, and praying for others.
A Call To Pray
In 1 Timothy 2:1 Paul writes to Timothy, “I exhort therefore, that first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men.” (KJV) In this passage Paul exhorts us through the Scriptures to pray for others. Prayer shows a dependency on God for all things. He is the One who created all things through Himself and for Himself (Colossians 1:16). God is the one who gives life and breath and everything else (Acts 17:25). Praying to the Lord demonstrates a humility that only in God can we receive the things we need and hope for, and only in God can we be thankful for what we have received because it comes from His hand.
How are we able to come to the “throne of mercy” and present our requests, or the requests of our friends to the Holy God in our time of need? Paul writes on in 1 Timothy 2:5-6, “For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus; Who gave himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time.” Because of Christ’s death on the cross, He now mediates, or intercedes, on our behalf. We can approach the throne of mercy because we are righteous in Christ, having been washed by the blood of the lamb.
That truth should spur us on to “rejoice evermore, pray without ceasing, and in everything give thanks.” 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 We have access to God through Christ to freely and continually offers supplications and prayers and give thanks. Let us be bold with our opportunity and present our requests to the Lord including for all men, for this is “good and acceptable in the sight of God, our Savior.” 1 Timothy 2:3
How You Can Pray for Others
Praying for others builds up the body of Christ, advances the Gospel in this world, and glorifies God. Every day we have the opportunity to pray for others, but sometimes we get busy and forget, or we don’t know how to pray or what to pray. One of the best ways we can pray for others is to look at how people prayed for others in the Scriptures. As we read these prayers, we can pray them on behalf of the people in our life.
Here’s an simple exercise to help you intercede for someone:
1. Pick someone to pray for
2. Read Colossians 1:9-14
3. Write down the things Paul prayed for the church in Colossae
4. Pray those same requests on behalf of the person you picked
For this cause we also, since the day we heard it, do not cease to pray for you, and to desire that ye might be filled with the knowledge of his will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding;
“Lord, I pray for my husband. Please fill him with the knowledge of your will with all wisdom and spiritual understanding.”
You can do this with other Scriptures as well. It helps keep us focused and intentional about our prayers. Plus we are spending time in God’s Word which instructs our hearts on how to live and love.
Our intentional prayers for people is one way we honor God, show love, and help advance the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
Lauren Hlushak hosts the She Proves Faithful Podcast to help women think biblically and prove faithful with the Gospel of Jesus Christ. She lives in Colorado with her husband, her two precious children, a cat, and some backyard chickens. She loves learning about the history of the church and is amazed at God’s faithfulness throughout generations.
Learn more: sheprovesfaithful.com