The Feed Feature - Prayer
Would you pray for me?
In times of desperation we are game to let anyone and everyone pray for us. But… you know… on their time, at their convenience, in their head. Please and thank you.
Oh, you want to pray right NOW? Out loud? WITH me? Um. Shoot. Awkward. But ok, I guess I can’t argue with someone being more spiritual than me. Here goes!
“Yeah, what they said God. Amen.”
In the same way that we are very willing to help someone ELSE but have an extremely difficult time ASKING for help for ourselves, we can often catch ourselves willing to pray for anyone and everyone but never asking for prayer for ourselves. There are many reasons that we use to justify this:
- That would make me vulnerable
- Someone would know I need prayer and make a judgement about me
- It would become gossip
- No one will understand
- There is someone else who has it worse off or needs the prayer more than me
- I’m not worth the time of a person or of God to deal with me
- I would come across as needy and I don’t want that label
- God doesn’t care
- God cares but always wants something different for me than I do, so why bother
The list could go on.
What does it matter if we DO ask for prayer from each other? Based on some of Paul’s writings in the Bible, it matters a great deal!
- Philippians 1:19, “for I know that through your prayers and the help of the Spirit of Jesus Christ this will turn out for my deliverance”
- Romans 15:30, “I appeal to you, brothers, by our Lord Jesus Christ and by the love of the Spirit, to strive together with me in your prayers to God on my behalf”
- He asks for prayers in the help of spreading the gospel. (Ephesians, Colossians, 2 Thessalonians)
Personally I am quick to jump to cynicism. I can acknowledge that my ways are not nearly as good as God’s ways. So then I default to deciding I don’t need to pray because God is in control and His way will prevail. However, I have also come to the understanding that God WANTS me to talk to Him, to spend time with Him, to SEEK Him. And it seems as though the Bible tells us that prayer sometimes changes things! Even Jesus prayed!
It’s not about getting OUR WAY. It’s about being on God’s team. Being WITH Him.
Pray for others. And let others pray for you!
Here are some ways available through our church:
- Write in your request on the back of your connection card on Sundays
- Email requests to firstname.lastname@example.org
- Join a Small Group so you’re in community with those who can pray for you
- Visit with an elder and his wife at the end of any Sunday worship service
- Call the church office (512-990-7777)
- Join a ministry to serve with others who can pray for you (and for whom you can pray)