“Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.” James 5:16
There are many verses on prayer in the Bible. I like James 5:16 because it talks about praying for each other. By praying for each other we are interceding for each other (or going in behalf of). It is important because by doing so we are strengthening the overall community and relationships that we, as brothers and sisters in Christ, should have. This page allows for prayer requests to be shared. If you would like for your prayer to be shared on the page for others to pray or to be sent privately then both options have been made available.
What should I pray for?
Many times we get caught up in how we should pray and what we should pray for. The most important piece about prayer is to do it. God knows where we are and what we need as said in Matthew 6:8: “Your Father knows what you need before you ask him.” I have made a list of some common misunderstandings about prayer along with the answer to the misconception:
- Prayer has power. In fact God has power. Prayer is simply a connection and allows us to become closer to our Heavenly Father. As we pray more we begin to grow closer just as if we were to talk to an acquaintance and become friends. “God has power over all things forever. Let it be so.” (1 Peter 5:11) The reason prayer is believed to have power is because of the results. We must not forget that the power comes from God: the one we are praying to.
- I need to pray long prayers. Very false. Like Matthew 6:8 says, Your Father knows what you need before you ask him. God knows what you need he doesn’t need for you to describe what you need because he doesn’t know. We pray to show our faith (which is believing what we have not yet seen) and to proclaim that we are giving control to God instead of trying to keep it for ourselves. When I first heard this I was a bit uncomfortable with “well why does God want control?” Would you let your child drive your car? God knows what is best for us and he has seen the beginning to the end. There are times when we can look back and say “wow that was really not good for me.” By giving control to the one who loves you most (God) you are showing that you trust him to do what is best. Having faith.
- It is too late to pray. “What is impossible with man is possible with God.” (Luke 18:27) “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.“ (Matthew 19:26) Both of these verses share that with God all things are possible. If you are still able to think that it is too late then you still have time to turn around and pray.
- I prayed but haven’t received an answer so I must (insert excuse here). Here I just want to say timing, timing, timing. Just because you prayed this morning and it didn’t happen this evening does not mean to stop praying. It means that you need to keep praying. Continue to pray for discernment (ability to judge well) about what you are praying for and if it is good for you or not. A child may believe that he NEEDS that candy before bedtime because it will help him sleep but as an adult we know that in fact is not going to help him. As I wrote in Timing and Balance – God knows when we are ready and sometimes we just need to grow and experience something before the blessing.
So pray for what is on your heart, thank God, pray for friends and family or pray for God to give you ideas of what to pray for.