Romans 1:9 NLT – Will you pray?

God knows how often I pray for you. Day and night I bring you and your needs in prayer to God, whom I serve with all my heart by spreading the Good News about his Son.

There are more and more days when I find myself spending more time in prayer.  Lots of reasons for that, but the majority is that there are more prayer requests.  There are different ways to view this phenomenon.  First, there are more needs.  People are finding themselves in areas of need that they are asking me and other prayer intercessors to pray.  Second, it’s the world we live in.  Which kind of goes with the previous reason.  There are more needs because the world thrusts itself on individual lives and sometimes the targets (those being hit) are overwhelmed.  This can account for the increased number of prayer requests.  But then it also occurred to me that God may be sending these requests that others have prayed so that God would find the faithful that would partner in their prayers. 

There have been times when I have felt in my heart, “If only I had one other person who could pray with me.”  I have realized that this kind of thinking for me is foolish.  I often call others to pray with me and found not a single person said, “No”.  But there are those who feel if they ask for agreement and partnership in prayer, they’re placing additional burden on someone else.  God desires us to share our burdens.  “Share each other’s burdens, and in this way obey the law of Christ.” (Galatians 6:2 NLT)

Friend, the world is changing everyday.  There are more and more things that are thrust against humanity, including believers.  Now more than ever, we are in a time of prayer.  Prayerfulness is an attitude by which a constant relationship between God and believers is developed.  And inside of that relationship, God moves to answer our prayers.  Prayer is conversation with God that connects us with His mighty Power.  Prayer says to God that we know we are powerless and we need His power to get through whatever we are facing.  And God’s power is released through our faith.  “Jesus said to him, “If you can believe, all things are possible to him who believes.” (Mark 9:23 NKJV) If you have someone come to you and request that you pray for them, respond, “Yes”.  If you need someone to come along side of you in prayer, find someone.  A trusted friend, your Pastor, a prayer team, whomever.  Find someone and let them join with you to share your burden.

Heavenly Lord, thank You that You hear and answer our prayers.  Lord as we serve You, may we always know that You desire us to pray and lift our burdens up toward You.  Send others to pray with those who are shouldering the burden alone.  Teach us Lord to have a constant attitude of prayer.  May we glorify You in our life of prayer.  In Jesus Name.  AMEN

 Don’t believe me, believe God!

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