Day-to-day, God wants a relationship with us. He wants us to talk to him about all things: good, the bad and the ugly. Yes, it’s true he knows everything about us but he wants us to talk to Him, just like when you talk to your best friend face-to-face. Prayer is important for our everyday Christian life. But what about praying for others? Is it essential?
Did you know that many people in the Bible prayed for others? Here are some examples:
• Abraham prayed for Abimelech, his wife and other women to be healed, and the Lord heard and answered Abraham’s prayer for Abimelech and the women. (Genesis 20:17)
• Because the church prayed for Peter earnestly (strongly) when he was imprisoned, he was able to get out of prison by an angel leading his way out! (Acts 12:6-19)
• Paul prayed for Timothy (2 Timothy 1:3)
Here is what you can pray for others?
• Pray that others will get the knowledge and understanding from the Lord, not from secular knowledge (Ephesians 1:16-17)
• Pray for physical healing in their bodies (Acts 28:8)
• Pray for their needs (Romans 1:9)
What did Jesus say about praying for other people?
“THE NEXT MORNING JESUS AWOKE LONG BEFORE DAYBREAK AND WENT OUT ALONE INTO THE WILDERNESS TO PRAY.” -MARK 1:35 NLT
With this scripture, this shows that Jesus prayed alone. Jesus is the example of Christian life. He showed us through this scripture that we should pray. Jesus wants us to do things he has done but to do greater, certainly, praying is one of them in our daily life. Not on one particular day or when you have the ‘time’, but often.
“PRAY LIKE THIS: OUR FATHER IN HEAVEN, MAY YOUR NAME BE HONORED. MAY YOUR KINGDOM COME SOON. MAY YOUR WILL BE DONE HERE ON EARTH, JUST AS IT IS IN HEAVEN. GIVE US OUR FOOD FOR TODAY, AND FORGIVE US OUR SINS, JUST AS WE HAVE FORGIVEN THOSE WHO HAVE SINNED AGAINST US. AND DON’T LET US YIELD TO TEMPTATION, BUT DELIVER US FROM THE EVIL ONE. FOR YOURS IS THE KINGDOM AND THE POWER AND THE GLORY FOREVER. AMEN.”
–MATTHEW 6:9-13 NLT
Jesus was teaching not just to his disciples but also to us what we need to pray for. In one of those parts of scripture, he tells us we are to forgive those who have hurt us. Which also means, we need to pray for those who have hurt us miserably.
“JESUS SAID, “FATHER, FORGIVE THESE PEOPLE, BECAUSE THEY DON’T KNOW WHAT THEY ARE DOING.” AND THE SOLDIERS GAMBLED FOR HIS CLOTHES BY THROWING DICE.” –LUKE 23:34 NLT
When Jesus was on the cross, he could have been bitter towards them but he wasn’t. He loved these people who hurt him. It’s a good example of what we need to do in these days instead of getting bitter towards someone: forgive them, ‘pray for them’. Jesus said to his Father, forgive them. If Jesus says that, then we ought to do the same: pray for those who hurt us.
So, why is it important to pray for others?
When we pray for others, many things can happen. Like when Abraham prayed for Abimelech and some women to be healed, the result was instant, they got their healing.
When we connect with God and ask of what a person needs or if they are hurt in some way, He can direct us of what we need to pray for. No matter where we are, or how far, nothing is too hard for God and he is listening to us.
As family in Christ, brothers and sisters, we are part of God’s wonderful family. When each of us accepted Christ into our life, we have eternal life and we’ll be together in heaven, having fun with Him and praising God together. This is why we need to care for each other, we will be spending eternity with each other, so why not pray for each other, right?
Remember, in Acts 28:8, the church was earnestly praying for Peter. When he was in chains, an angel came to help him out of that situation because of the church praying together, and Peter was out of prison instantly.
In Philippians 2:4 it says: “Don’t think only about what your own affairs (concerns), but be interested in others, too, and what they are doing”. When we do this, we can have the heart what Jesus had 2000 years ago (he didn’t have to die for us, but he chose to), today we can show others that we care for them by praying, making them our first concern in our daily prayer life.
When you care enough, you should have the heart to pray. When you have the heart to pray, miraculous things can happen.