The post this morning on our church Facebook site said, Praying for your friends is so important. Sometimes they fight battles they never talk to you about. Cover your friends in prayer.
So true. We need to pray for our friends. We have no idea what they are going through.
But it goes beyond our friends.
What about the person who sat across the aisle from you at church – you know the one, you know their name but that’s about all?
What about the person at work today that you rarely speak too? Maybe you’re just too busy.
What about the teller at the bank, the clerk at the store, the neighbor down the street?
It’s important to pray for them even though they don’t fall into the category of friend. They are all fighting battles that you’ll never know about. That’s the nature of life. And they all need your prayers, whether they talk to you about their problems or not.
James (5:16) says pray for each other. Yes, James is talking about Christians praying for other Christians, and that’s something we need to do. The Apostle Paul was a great one to pray for other Christians (Ephesians 1:16, Philippians 1:4 etc.) and he talked about being helped by their prayers for him (2 Corinthians 1:11). But we need to cast our nets much wider than that. We need to do more than pray just our friends.
We need to do more than limit our prayers to those in the family of God. We need to pray for our classmates, the people at work, the people in our neighborhoods, the people in the PTA, etc. We need to pray for people we know and for people that we barely know or don’t know at all.
Jesus even taught us to pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you (Matthew 5:44). That puts prayer into the category of don’t leave anyone out.
The truth is – we all need prayer. All of us. And we all need to pray for other people.
You will probably never know the impact your prayers will make in the lives of other people as you faithfully pray for them.
So, Pray. Pray for your friends. Pray for people you know. Pray for people you don’t know.
Pray when you see results. Pray when you don’t see results.
Pray when you know the problems people are going through. Pray when you don’t have any idea of the problems they are going through.
What you know isn’t the determining issue for whether or not you pray or for whom you pray.
You have been invited into the presence of the King of Kings, the Eternal God, the Creator, the Everlasting One, the Glorious All-mighty God and you get to talk to Him about anything or anyone. And He will listen.
Don’t waste the opportunity talking about trivial things. Pray for someone, even if you don’t know the battles that they are fighting.
Stay in the Word