These words are said by people so often. How often have you been asked this question?
When someone asks me to pray I am both happy and humbled. I am happy because they see in me a positive light of faith. Belief in God is affirmed in me and in the other through this question and that makes me feel happy. Humbled because I think to myself, who am I to ask God for anything? Yet, I believe God is willing to hear a plea from my own weak heart. The request is simple, but profound.
The question comes to us from many different people; maybe friends, family, strangers, children, spouses or pastors. The child-like faith of this question anticipates a loving God and a loving neighbor. A sense of communion and unity is shared in asking another to pray for us.
Let’s bring this a little closer to the heart and home now. When someone asks for prayer, do I bring their need to the Lord? Easily one can forget to place the request in the heart of God. So, I might encourage a reminder note, or a prayer right on the spot. Then, come back to the Lord with it later in your regular daily prayer. Don’t say, “I will,” unless you intend to pray.
Now, we need to dig a little deeper in trust of God and one another. Rather than a simple prayer for the other, why not a prayer right there with the other. Christ made a statement about us being together, “For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.” (Matthew 18:20)
Our prayer with one another brings us to a deeper surrender and trust of God who loves us and helps us.
You know we never approach God alone, because God is never alone. The communion of love that exists in God is a unity of persons always present. So, the greater effect and reality of prayer is done together.
To proclaim, celebrate, live and pray in the Lord we need each other. All too often we want to go it alone, and it really isn’t the way. Think of heaven. They aren’t alone with God; they are together with God. So, too, should we be in prayer.
Pray more together. We need each other more and more as we approach in joy and humility the mighty throne of God. Praise Him together. Most of us are better off in a choir than singing solo. Going it alone is always a weaker place to be in life.
Might we be a great witness to those who ask for prayer and for those around us if we stop right on the spot and offer a prayer? Would not our faith, hope and love as the People of God be greater bonded if we invited each other to prayer?
I invite all of us to consider prayer groups in our churches, our homes, our public places. I recently prayed with someone in the middle of crowded room at a public gathering. Why not? It’s important we remember He is always with us, and we can approach Him whenever a need is brought up. Prayer together is a mighty thing.
And so, I ask a new question. Will you pray with me?