Mar 24, 2019
PRAY FOR ONE ANOTHER . . .
When we pray for one another we intercede on someone’s behalf in the same way Jesus intercedes for us.
“Who is to condemn? Christ Jesus is the One who died—more than that, who was raised—who is at the right hand of God, who indeed is interceding for us.” Romans 8:34
“Consequently, He (Jesus) is able to save to the uttermost those who draw near to God through Him, since He always lives to make intercession for them.” Hebrews 7:25
“I am praying for them. I am not praying for the world but for those whom you have given me, for they are yours.” John 17:9
“If I could hear Christ praying for me in the next room, I would not fear a million enemies. Yet distance makes no difference. He is praying for me.” Robert Murray M’Cheyne (Pastor of St. Peter’s Church, Scotland (1836-1843)
When we pray for one another it is an act of grace.
When we pray for one another we are being obedient to God.
“Moreover, as for me, far be it from me that I should sin against the LORD by ceasing to pray for you, and I will instruct you in the good and right way.” 1 Samuel 12:23
When we pray for one another we are doing that which is most helpful in moments where we feel helpless.
We are asking God to do what only He can do.
When we pray for one another we join Christ in His intercession.
When we pray for one another we are coming alongside our brothers and sisters in Christ in the spiritual battles that are raging.
When we pray for one another God uses it for our own sanctification.
It is impossible to harbor sin in your heart toward someone for whom you are sincerely praying.
Instead of complaining about them, pray for them.
We’re not to pray for God to bend their hearts toward our agenda, but to bend their hearts toward His.
When we pray for one another it takes focus off of ourselves and puts it on others.
“ . . . praying at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication. To that end keep alert with all perseverance, making supplication for all the saints . . .” Ephesians 6:18
When we pray for one another God changes the world.
People who are changed by prayer are people who God uses to change the world.
HOW WE PRAY FOR ONE ANOTHER . . .
Pray scripture over one another.
When you pray Scripture, you are praying the word of God which is the will of God.
“And this is the confidence that we have toward Him, that if we ask anything according to His will He hears us. And if we know that He hears us in whatever we ask, we know that we have the requests that we have asked of Him.” 1 John 5:14-15
Pray for one another to have spiritual wisdom and understanding (Ephesians 1:17)
Pray for one another to have spiritual eyes to see and hope realized. (Ephesians 1:18)
Pray for one another to know of the immeasurable greatness of God’s power. (Ephesians 1:19)
Pray for one another to be strengthened with power through the Spirit of God at work in them. (Ephesians 3:16)
Pray for one another to be rooted and grounded in the love of Christ, and to know the fullness of Christ’s love. (Ephesians 3:17-19)
Pray for one another to have knowledge and discernment so as to approve what is spiritually excellent. (Philippians 1:9-10)
Pray for one another to be filled with the fruit of righteousness. (Philippians 1:11)
Pray for one another to be filled with the knowledge of God’s will. (Colossians 1:9)
Pray for one another to walk in a way that is worthy of Christ. (Colossians 1:10)
Pray for one another to bear fruit in every good work. (Colossians 1:10)
Pray for one another to be strengthened so that they might have endurance and patience with joy. (Colossians 1:11)
WHO IS YOUR “ONE ANOTHER”? . . .
On whose behalf are you struggling in prayer?