Prayer is a powerful tool, but many Christians don’t take advantage of it’s full potential.
Why? Because the most powerful way to pray is with others.
Again I say to you, if two of you agree on earth about anything they ask, it will be done for them by my Father in heaven. Matt 18:19
Wow, that is some promise right?
But am I the only one who gets nervous asking others to pray for me? There is vulnerability in admitting we aren’t perfect, and we don’t have it all together. I usually avoid asking others to pray for me it at all costs, especially if it is personal…”Please pray for my family member/friend (but not me!)” Anyone?
I know I am not alone. I have been part of multiple church groups, all of which ask for prayer requests each week; yet financial hardship goes unspoken, and the couple struggling in their marriage remains silent.
Friends, this is not how God intended us to live. He put us in fellowship with one another for a reason. In fact, it is to the fulfillment of his will to carry each other burdens.
This very truth hit me one night, during a particularly rough season. While pouring my heart out to God, I heard him whisper, “you are not intended to bear this alone.” He also put a particular friend on my mind and I knew I needed to ask her to pray for me.
Reaching out to her changed everything.
I no longer had to fight my battles alone. I had someone to support and encourage me, to fight along side me, and even to fight for me when I felt like giving up.
We now have an even more beautiful friendship. One where we pray for each other constantly, anytime, anywhere, and about anything.
Sound good? It is! and I believe God intends for us all to have a relationship like this.
It brings joy, comfort, hope, and believe it or not, a deeper relationship with God.
These are all things God desires us to have.
So let me ask you, are you ready to open your heart?
Perhaps you already have a prayer partner and know the blessing of such a relationship. But if you don’t, let me encourage you to find someone.
If you aren’t sure who to ask, think through these questions:
- Who truly cares for me and my well being?
- Who loves God with all of their heart, mind, and soul?
- Who will not judge me but will speak God’s truth to me, especially when it is hard to hear?
- Who wants to see God work in my life?
Pray about it. Ask God to put someone on your heart who will be open and willing to partner with you in prayer.
One last thing, you must be willing to pray for this person in return. It is after all a partnership.