James 5:16 HCSB Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, so that you may be healed. The urgent request of a righteous person is very powerful in its effect.
Ecclesiastes 4:9 HCSB Two are better than one because they have a good reward for their efforts.
I often wonder who is praying for me. I ask for prayer frequently from others, but I still question whether they are really praying for me. I tend to fail in this area most days and know many others do as well, because of our busy lives. We all have good intentions. We all want to pray for people and we all want people to pray for us.
I know that prayer is where my healing is initiated and where I am strengthened by God. Just as James 5:16 tells us to confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, that you may be healed. I think that the key component in this scripture is that the prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective. In other words, when you pray to God with conviction and determination, praying in His will, in His name, you become fortified…your prayers are heard and your confidence is built in Him. As you watch God answer prayers it continues to be a powerful and effective tool to making you stronger and drawing you closer to Him.
When I think of a righteous person my thoughts go straight to my mother-in-law. Yes, she has struggles and has problems just as the rest of us, but she has a prayer life that most would love to have. Over the years I have observed her and learned so much from her. She is so precise about listing prayers and needs in a notebook and I have watched her check them off one by one as they come to pass. I have no doubt that she is instrumental in my whole family’s well-being. Prayer warriors like her are vital to the Kingdom of God.
I often wonder who is going to take over these great responsibilities when she leaves this earth. Of course, there is my wife and her sister (who are both capable of taking this responsibility), but are they really ready? I know the Lord has been preparing me to pray for my family and others with fervency and without ceasing. I am praying that others will follow suit. Having a devoted prayer life is essential. It’s how we communicate with God. It is nothing more than talking to Him and unloading our burdens in exchange for His great peace. It brings His promises for us into existence.
So, who is praying for you and who are you praying for on a daily basis? Ecclesiastes 4:9 tells us two are better than one; if either of them falls down, one can help the other up. I contribute all of my victories in life to Jesus because of the cross, and to fervent prayers from my elders, family, and friends. Let’s commit today to stand in the gap for one another to pray without ceasing.