Pray for each other

I once received an email from a close brother in Christ who lives in another state that said the following:: Tuesday is the day I’ve schedule to pray specifically for my friends and family. A very interesting thing happened as I was praying for my friends on Tuesday. I realized that I really didn’t know what you needed specific prayers about. I was simply able to offer up generic prayers about your work, family, health, and blessing. I want to do better than that. Can you please let me know what I can pray for you specifically?

My brother’s good heart brought to my mind a couple of godly principles found in the scriptures. Paul wrote to the Galatian brethren, “Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ” (Gal. 6:2). My brother was offering to bear my burdens in prayer. Paul also described how to promote unity to the church in Philippi by saying, “Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others” (Phil. 2:4). My brother was not only bearing my burdens, but he has purposely set up a time every week to careful pray over my interests.

I was touched by the love of my good friend and brother in Christ. But I was also saddened by his brief email to me. Why? Because not once had I thought of praying for him on a regular basis. Even though we are close friends, never had I sent him a message saying, “Let me know what prayers you need so I can offer them to the Creator on your behalf.” In fact, I had not considered scheduling a time every week to only pray for my friends and family. My prayers are most often about what is most important in my life: ME. I remember responding to him that he was a much better friend than I was.

It is important for us to pray for one another. Prayer certainly must focus on God. We must all offer the praise and honor to Him that He deserves. We should actively give thanks to the Father for all of our blessings as well, naming them one by one as he song we regularly sing suggests. But we must also remember the great needs of those we love—friends and family.

I challenge you to remember to pray for your friends and family this week. Schedule a time that you will pray only for them. Put their interests ahead of your own. Ask them what they need. Ask them what you can include in your prayers. It was this mind set that Paul describe in Philippians 2 as the “mind of Christ.”

This week as you pray, remember to pray for each other. Pray the names of brethren who are struggling with illness. Pray the names of your brethren you are struggling in their homes. Pray the names of your leaders who work hard to watch over your soul. This week as you pray . . .pray for each other.