This continues to weigh heavily on my heart, and it’s something I work on in my own prayer life.
James 5:16 says, “Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working.”
This is one of my favorite verses in the Bible.
Be accountable to one another.
Pray for each other.
And your prayers are powerful.
When they say “there’s power in prayer,” here’s a go-to verse for you to reference!
That’s why it’s so important for us to be intentional, not only in our personal prayer life, but the prayers we offer for others.
Because let’s face it, Friends.
We’re fighting an enemy who is full of tricks and schemes designed to prevent us from prayer.
Satan doesn’t distract us for the fun of it – he knows the power of prayer and he doesn’t want you to harness that power.
In the past, I have been so guilty about saying, “I’ll be sure to add that to my prayer list,” and then completely forgot about it.
I didn’t mean to; but again, I go back to intentionality.
When we commit to pray, we aren’t just giving a friend platitudes about their situation.
We are making a commitment to talk to God and ask for His intervention on their behalf.
That’s a hefty responsibility that we should all take seriously!
Even if we don’t know the details, it doesn’t matter.
A prayer request is also a friend giving you a door to have a conversation with Jesus!
We should always welcome that opportunity.
I am still working on this myself, but part of my strategy is to pray then and there; don’t wait for “prayer time.”
Sometimes, my prayer goes up without further conversation with my friend; other times I will text a prayer back to them so they know my prayers have been added to theirs.
Today, as you pray, ask the Holy Spirit to help you keep your prayer promises to others.