Praying for Others

Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working. –James 5:16

Do you pray enough? I’m sure that I don’t.

I was convicted yet again of this fact this morning during my quiet time. One of my new favorite devotional helps is Dr. David Jeremiah‘s book, Sanctuary: Finding Moments of Refuge in the Presence of God. Today’s installment was about prayer, and it cited Colossians 4:12

Epaphras, who is one of you, a servant of Christ Jesus, greets you, always struggling on your behalf in his prayers, that you may stand mature and fully assured in all the will of God.

The phrase “always struggling on your behalf in his prayers” stood out to me. How often do I struggle on someone ELSE’S behalf in prayer? I know that I struggle on my OWN behalf in prayer. But actually STRUGGLE for someone else in prayer? Infrequent, at best.

I have decided that, with the Holy Spirit’s help, I will periodically open up my prayer closet to my followers and readers the way Mark Hall and Tony Nolan do. I’ll tweet out that I’m asking for prayer requests, and tweet or DM will be the favored way for me to receive them. In addition, feel free to send me prayer requests anytime via these methods or the Contact page. And pray for me as well, that I will take advantage of the power of prayer more faithfully and less selfishly.

What do you do to stay diligent in prayer?

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