When I was reading in 2 Corinthians 1:3-11, I was struck by a verse that hadn’t stood out to me before, which is verse 11:
“And you are helping us by praying for us. Then many people will give thanks because God has graciously answered so many prayers for our safety.” 2 Corinthians 1:11 New Living Translation
I am an advocate of prayer at all times and for all reasons. When anyone asks for my wisdom or advice regarding their situation, my first question is usually, “Have you asked God about it?”
I know that God is faithful to speak to me and lead me when I ask for His help and wisdom. He has never failed to direct me or show me the right thing to do. I have learned to have faith in Him through the truth in His word and by seeking Him in my daily life.
The reality of God’s involvement in my life is tangible and evidenced by so many answered prayers. So when someone says something along the lines of, “I’m just one person…my prayers don’t count…”, I am quick to point to the word:
“…The earnest prayer of a righteous person has great power and produces wonderful results…” James 5:19b NLT
This is absolutely true. One person praying can make a difference. But I have been noticing something lately regarding the power of corporate prayer– especially in regards to praying for other believers:
When we as a body, as a group of believers, cry out earnestly for God’s help and intervention– and He in turn answers those prayers– the faith of everyone involved increases and God receives the glory! There are things we need to share and ask others to pray about. God wants to bless us all and see us grow in faith and in unity. Sometimes our answer depends on others joining their faith with ours and everyone crying out to God.
Think about Paul’s situation. He had been repeatedly arrested for preaching the good news about Christ. Christians were being persecuted and put to death for their beliefs. They were considered trouble makers and heretics from differing groups: traditional Jews, followers of pagan religions and an oppresive Roman government. When the Christians of Paul’s time heard about his imprisonment and impending death, it most certainly brought fear and anxiety for their own safety into question. Satan’s purpose in this was to stop the truth of Jesus from being preached, to shut the mouth of the Church, so to speak. It’s the same thing he tries to do today…
Instead of the believers cowering in fear, they opened their mouths and prayed for Paul. The news of his escape and continuing missionary journey bolstered their faith in God and strengthened their foundation in Christ. There are so many instances in scripture of God’s people joining together in one accord and fervently praying for His will to be done and for His power to show forth. Check out these 3 when you have the time:
There are ministers of the gospel in prison today who need our prayer support. The 1st one who comes to mind is Saeed Abedini, the Iranian American Christian being held in an Iranian jail. Please pray for him, his family and for other persecuted Christians who are suffering because of their faith in Jesus.
Pray for people you know who suffering with sickness and disease. Come together with other believers, crying out to God on their behalf. Our God is GOOD! He heals the sick and brokenhearted! Our church has been seeing an increase of people being declared “cancer-free” or recovering from heart attacks, strokes and other illnesses. The faith of many is being increased as we see God’s answers to our prayers.
My marriage was healed by God and I found Christ because God responded to the faithful prayers of my husband, and the other people he asked to pray for us. No godly prayer is unheard! No desperate plea is rejected.
If you need or want prayer for something, please post your request in the comments. We will pray for each other. And when He answers your prayer, we want to hear about that, too!
To God be the glory!