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Our Need to Pray
I received a text the other day from someone desiring to know if God plays favorites when it comes to prayer. They see some prayer requests having multiple likes and comments while others barely get a “like.”
What does the Word of God say?
The Apostle Paul was not only constantly praying for others (Ephesians 1:18-20; 3:16-19, Philippians 1:9-11; Colossians 1:9), but he also requested prayer for himself (Ephesians 6:18; 1 Thessalonians 5:25).
In fact Paul urged us to pray for one another with all kinds of prayers.
“I urge, then, first of all, that requests, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for everyone.” (1 Timothy 2:1)
But do more prayers sway God?
No! God already knows the need before we ask.
Right before giving the Lord’s Prayer, Jesus tells us not to babble on in prayer because, “Your Father knows what you need before you ask Him.” (Matthew 6:8)
So why do we need to pray if God already knows?
We are inviting God into the situation, thus becoming fellow workers with Him in Kingdom affairs (2 Corinthians 6:1).
Does God hear some prayers over others?
Some people feel that only certain people can pray if they want God to hear their prayers.
The Apostle James says, “Is anyone among you sick? Let him call for the elders of the church … pray for one another, that you may be healed. The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much.” (James 5:14a, 16b)
While James says to call for the elders, he also says we are to pray for one another. The problem comes when it says a righteous man’s prayers avail, and we look at ourselves realizing there is nothing righteous about us.
Guess what, no one is righteous enough (Romans 3:10). Our righteousness is based on Jesus’s righteousness imputed to us when we became born again (Romans 10:4).
So it’s God’s desire for us to pray for one another and enter into His Kingdom work.
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