“Is anyone among you sick? Let them call the elders of the church to pray over them and anoint them with oil in the name of the Lord. And the prayer offered in faith will make the sick person well; the Lord will raise them up. If they have sinned, they will be forgiven. Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.” – James 5:14-16
Once we begin following Jesus, prayer should become a part of our everyday lifestyle, so much so that we are not just praying for ourselves, but also for the people around us. Something incredible and powerful happens when the body of Christ makes the effort to pray for each other.
As you mature in your walk with the Lord, you will begin to understand that prayer was not just designed to be by you and for you. It was also designed to be by you for others. Praying for another allows you to learn how to stand in the gap for someone else. And when you make this shift from just praying for yourself to also praying for others, you know your relationship with the Lord is moving to a new level.
Think about how many times the word “one another” is used in the Bible. We are commanded as a body of believers to bear one another’s burdens. To encourage one another. To comfort one another, and in James 5:16, we are told to pray for one another. What an incredible blessing it is that God could use our prayers to encourage and comfort our fellow brothers and sisters in Christ.
Who is someone you can pray for today? Do you know someone who is walking through a hard time? Do you have a friend or family member is seeking wisdom for a decision they need to make? Set aside time today to pray for these people, and get in the habit of adding the needs of others to your prayer list.