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Asking Can Be Hard 2: Asking for Prayer

Asking Can Be Hard Day 2: Asking for Prayer

Pray for us, for we are sure that we have a clear conscience, desiring to act honorably in all things. (Hebrews 13:18, ESV)

I appeal to you, brothers, by our Lord Jesus Christ and by the love of the Spirit, to strive together with me in your prayers to God on my behalf. (Romans 15:30, ESV)

And this is the confidence that we have toward him, that if we ask anything according to his will he hears us. (1 John 5:14, ESV)

It’s easier to ask for prayer for someone we know than it is to ask for prayer regarding our own needs or desires. Maybe we feel selfish or self-centered to ask for it, so we often just don’t bother. I know this is true of myself; maybe you have no problem asking people to pray for you, and if that’s true, I wish I was more like you. I find it hard to be that vulnerable with people, and maybe, just maybe, it exposes pride in myself, as I hate to have areas of weakness. 

But we find many examples in Scripture of people—godly people—asking for prayer. The writer of Hebrews (possibly Paul, Luke or another Jewish believer) certainly asked for prayer in our Scripture reference above. Paul also asked the brethren to strive with him in prayers on his behalf, also noted in our reference above. There was no pride, no desire to hide what need they presently had. They were willing to be vulnerable and knew the power in asking others to join them in prayer for whatever they faced. 

The truth is that when others join us in praying for something we are up against, we are giving them the opportunity to obey Scripture. The thought here is that we are commanded to “bear with one another” and “carry one another’s burdens.” Obeying this by sharing our needs with others, even our need for prayer, means we allow them to fulfill the law of Christ (Galatians 6:2). In essence, it’s helping them to carry out a privilege and responsibility we have as believers within the body of Christ. 

So what are your prayer needs at this moment? Is something causing you heartache or stress? Do you not feel well? Are you struggling in a particular area? Do you have a large financial decision to make? Do you have a medical diagnosis that is worrisome? Who might be aware of those needs and is actively praying for the things you are praying for yourself? It’s not selfish to have prayer warriors join you in your present need—it’s scriptural. 

I’ve prayed for some really small things in life and some really big and deeply personal things, too. I generally haven’t felt the need to rally the troops when I’ve been praying for a close parking spot on a stormy afternoon, but I sure have called on them for sick kids, medical testing, a broken marriage, and motherhood advice, to name a few! Why? Because there is power in prayer, and the more people lifting up the need, the better!

Might I encourage you today to share the needs of your heart with someone you know will join you in praying about it? It’s a beautiful blessing we enjoy inside the family of God. It’s not always easy to be this vulnerable, but we really miss out on blessing when we bear our burdens alone; that’s not the way it’s supposed to be. Ask God to give you the courage to share your needs with even just a few others, and you’ll be amazed at what happens when you do! We have access to so much power through the gift of prayer, and more so when we join forces with other praying believers!

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