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WHY MUST I PRAY FOR OTHERS?

DEC 5

James 5:16
Memorise 1 Thessalonians 3:1
“Finally, brethren, pray for us...”

There are times in our lives when we are found in a state of weakness where for some reason, we may find it hard to pray for ourselves. It may be that we are in a state of deep despondency or sadness so much so that we actually turn away from God and blame Him for our difficult situations. Sometimes, we are found in severe sickness and affliction and can hardly stay out of bed or even stay awake for too long. Or, it may be sin in our lives, where we find it hard to repent and abandon our state of disobedience. It is during such times, that we need others to intercede for us before God’s throne of grace. When we are weak, knowing that others are praying for us can be a huge encouragement. God is pleased when His children run to Him in times of distress. As our Almighty Father, God certainly wants to help us. With God, all things are possible. The sick can be healed. The sinner’s heart can be changed and he can repent and turn to God. Those undergoing trials can receive strength and faith to overcome trials triumphantly.

Indeed, Scripture reaffirms this aspect of Christian fellowship of interceding for one another (Colossians 1:9, 1 Thessalonians 5:25, Hebrews 13:18). Praying for others is not just encouraged but also commanded. This should be an activity that is done frequently, hence the place for weekly prayer meetings at the church. At prayer meeting, the needs of church members, family members and friends are collated and prayed over together. By doing so, we bring before God the needs of others. This is what we can do as an expression of love and concern. However, praying for others need not be confined to prayer meetings only. Just being with our friends, we can know what are their needs. We can then bring these needs before God for their sakes. Many great men and women of God have professed how God met their greatest hour of need rather mysteriously. Looking back, they realised that there had been people praying for them all along. Thank God for moving others to pray for us!

Thought: How often do you pray for others?
Prayer: Father, help me to care for others and to pray for them.