Why We Should Pray for One Another
“Continue steadfastly in prayer, being watchful in it with thanksgiving.” Colossians 4:2
There’s something uniquely uplifting about being around the saints of God. We gather on the Lord’s day, offering up our prayers and worship to the Savior who took the sins of the world. We hear the word preached, and we fellowship with one another. It is indeed a joyful time, and the Lord is gracious to give us a glimpse of heaven in this way. But it isn’t heaven yet, is it? As we part ways, we are sent back out to the world, facing the week’s challenges with a renewed mind and spirit. We’ve yet to enter our eternal rest. Which means, we are still in the fight.
We can become so narrowly focused on our day-to-day issues that we can easily forget the struggles of those we fellowship with. Many times in Scripture, we are reminded to pray (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18), but we aren’t to pray merely for ourselves; we are to pray for one another (1 Timothy 2:1).
I admit this is a struggle of mine. It is so easy to be focused on struggles and trials—and they should be prayed about—but we are a body, built in Christ. We are a family. And family looks out for one another. If we are struggling, hurting, dealing with things that are too much to bear, how sweet are the words to our ears, “How can I be praying for you?” from a sibling in Christ?
Let’s be mindful to do the same. After all, our Savior did it for us (John 17: 20-25), and He continues to do so today (Hebrews 7:25).
Lord, we are Your church, and we are Your Body. Help us to be discerning and alert to the needs of those around us in our local and global church. Help us to pray for one another and lift each other up. Lord, let us not wait until we see our brothers and sisters downcast. Let us pray for them in every season. To Your glory and for Your Kingdom. Amen.
Have you noticed anyone at church you’d like to reach out to or pray for? Has God put anyone on your heart to intercede for?
Born and raised in Texas, Emerald Zimny enjoys coffee, books, and spending time with loved ones. Her favorite breed of dog is a Corgi, and she loves listening to smooth jazz while learning a new word a day from the dictionary. Her heroes in the faith are Elisabeth Elliot, R.C. Sproul Sr., and John MacArthur.