Is anyone among you sick? Let him call for the elders of the church, and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord.
Has anyone else, other than me, thought or I should say waver from asking someone to pray for you? Has anyone else, other than me, thought, “I can’t ask someone to pray. What will they think?” Or worse yet, “I can’t ask someone to pray. They’ll think my faith is weak.” I’m being transparent here, but I am sure that there are others that have had these thoughts. Let me encourage you. Those thoughts do not come from the truth of God’s Word or God Himself. They may be captured in your mind, but God commands us to share our burdens “Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.” (Galatians 6:2 NKJV) and “call for the elders of the church”. The thoughts of not praying with someone or asking someone to pray with you are cultivated by the enemy to keep you from praying. That’s the simple truth because the enemy knows that prayer changes everything; starting with the one who prays!
Cultivate can be defined as “to foster the growth of”. That’s where we have to be careful. Do we want to foster our growth in believing the schemes of the enemy or do we want to foster our growth in God and the truth of His Word. Jesus said, “Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” (Matthew 11:28 NKJV) And again in God’s Word it says, “Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time, casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you.” (1 Peter 5:6-7 NKJV) Prayer is a habit to be cultivated. It is a discipline to be developed. It is a skill to be practiced. And asking someone to pray for you or with you also needs to be practiced.
What we need to be doing is cultivating our relationship with God in prayer. Remember, “For where two or three are gathered together in My name, I am there in the midst of them.” (Matthew 18:20 NKJV) What more do we need to hear of God’s truth to call on our brothers and sisters in faith, our pastors, our saved loved one’s and have them pray with us.
God honors prayers. And God honors our prayers even more when two or three are gathered in His name because God is right there with us, in the midst of the prayer, ready to answer it. If you have already thought that you can’t ask someone to pray for or with you, you’ve already lost faith in the knowledge that God is already answering your prayer. God knows all things and He knows your need even before you pray.
Friend, there are times when close personal one-on-one time with God in prayer is precious. I rejoice in my times of intimate meditation and prayer alone with God. But more often there are those times, times of need and struggle when it’s time to set our pride aside and call on someone to join you in prayer. There are opportunities all around us for that; a phone call to a trusted believing loved one, or a call to your pastor, or even getting involved in a prayer group. Don’t accept the enemy’s lies and believe it’s better to keep quiet and not seek others to pray with you. Jesus said, “Again, truly I tell you that if two of you on earth agree about anything they ask for, it will be done for them by my Father in heaven.” (Matthew 18:19 NKJV)
Dear God, forgive us when our pride tries to convince us that we can’t share our prayer needs with others. Forgive us Lord when we believe the scheme of the enemy to keep us from praying. Lord, we believe that You desire for two or three to gather in Your name. We believe Lord, that You desire that we cast our burdens upon You. Thank You Lord for Your acting in advance of our prayers. May we honor You by cultivating a habit to pray. In Jesus Name. AMEN.
Don’t believe me, believe God!