Has anyone told you “I have prayed for you”? Do you remember how wonderful it is to hear that from them?
Someone did not just remember you, someone actually prayed for you, wished you well, and even asked God to watch over you. When I hear this from someone, I instantly feel at peace.
I believe in the power of prayer.
My parents prayed for Dane and me always. My mother once told me, there’s not a devotion at home that Dane and I were not mentioned in my father’s prayer. It’s comforting to hear that from someone. It doesn’t just make us feel loved but it makes feel good knowing that someone cares for us.
Why is it necessary to pray for one another?
1. Because two (or more) is better than one
Ecclesiastes 9-10 says:
Two are better than one; because they have a good reward for their labour. For if they fall, the one will lift up his fellow: but woe to him that is alone when he falleth; for he hath not another to help him up.
If we pray for one another, we’re not just building a good relationship with the other person, it also feels great to see their prayers being answered. It makes us feel like we’re part of their life’s successes.
2. Because prayer changes things
Then Esther sent this reply to Mordecai: “Go, gather together all the Jews who are in Susa, and fast for me. Do not eat or drink for three days, night or day. I and my attendants will fast as you do. When this is done, I will go to the king, even though it is against the law. And if I perish, I perish.” So Mordecai went away and carried out all of Esther’s instructions.
This verse is about the life of Queen Esther and her Uncle named Mordecai. They are both Jews who worship the Lord. Haman who is one of the King’s men wanted everyone to bow down to him. Being a godly man that he is, Mordecai, refused to worship or bow down to a man. This made Haman furious that he asked the King, Esther’s wife, to authorize a royal decree to annihilate the Jews.
With that, Esther asked for all the jews to pray for her. Not only that but also to fast for her as she prepares to see the king. It’s important to remember that even a queen like her isn’t allowed to meet the king unless invited. Long story short, God heard the pleading of the Israelites and the entire country was saved from Haman’s selfish motives.
Related: A Servant’s Prayer
You see, a prayer can change a circumstance, it can change an event and it can even change a person. As an adviser to the youth in our church, I hear problems from the youth from time to time. And although I know some of them are doing things that are not pleasing to God, I didn’t immediately judge them. I do the most powerful thing a Christian can do – I pray for them.
We cannot change a person. Only God can. We can spend all the time and say all the nice advice that we know to someone but without God’s help, all our efforts go to waste.
3. Because a prayer keeps us prepared for “spiritual battle”
Ephesians 6:12 – 13
For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.
Our greatest battle is not against people but against the ruler the darkness of this world – the enemy – Satan. Every day, there is a spiritual battle going on in a Christian’s life. A battle of decisions on whether he should do things that pleases God. Or if he should do things that pleases his own self.
Without prayer, we will not be able to withstand the wiles of the devil. This is why the bible says, “stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness; And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace; Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.” (Ephesians 6:12-17, KJV)
4. Because Prayer Strengthens us
Romans 8:26-27 ESVLikewise 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.
Without daily prayer and devotion, a believer’s life is helpless. It is the word of God and our constant communication with Him that keeps us strong, emotionally and spiritually, each day. Imagine someone praying for that for you every day, isn’t it heartwarming?
Now that I talk about prayer, do you have anything that you want me to pray for you in particular? Feel free to comment below or send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org and I’ll be happy to help you pray for it.