“Now I beseech you, brethren, for the Lord Jesus Christ’s sake, and for the love of the Spirit, that ye strive together with me in your prayers to God for me; That I may be delivered from them that do not believe in Judaea; and that my service which I have for Jerusalem may be accepted of the saints; That I may come unto you with joy by the will of God, and may with you be refreshed. Now the God of peace be with you all. Amen.Romans 15:30-33
Someone told me this week that if I ever needed anything to let them know. I tend to keep a pretty busy day-to-day schedule, and they wanted to help lighten my load. I’ve had people pick up my kids from school when I was unable. Family members have volunteered to watch my kids. Always these kind deeds have been a tremendous help. This time, I requested something different. I ask that person to please pray for me. I have been blessed to have people intercede on my behalf over the years. My own mom prayed to keep me from jail and death. I can think of no better help you can give someone than to pray for them. Prayers are thoughtful remembrances to almighty God who is in control of everything. Sometimes we treat prayer as a last resort or see it as a last-ditch effort to help when nothing else can be done.
I think of Paul here and the difficult circumstances he faced. He needed fervent prayer above everything else. He asked for the brethren to strive together to pray for him. He knew of the power of God, and he knew of the importance of prayer. He saw God in His proper place and He knew that God could change the heart of men. I am coming to realize the power of prayer and how God uses His saints to lift up one another. I am seeing the importance in the prayer for others and the power it has when others pray for me. Prayers are refreshing and they bring about peace and joy.
Whom has God laid on your heart that needs prayer? When you are given a request, do you blow it off or do you take it to God in prayer? I am guilty of forgetting to pray for those who have counted on me, and I am guilty of taking prayer lightly. Will you come to realize the power of prayer? Will you strive with one another to pray for each other? Will you fight the Devil with your intercessions, or will you be defeated and use that as a last resort? May we come to know the power of prayer, and may we be faithful in lifting each other up.