A few months ago after a phone conversation with a friend, just prior to ending the call, the person said, “You pray for me and I’ll pray for you.” I thought to myself at the time, and since then, how strange a statement. You would think each would pray for himself or herself. After all, who knows better one’s needs than the individual? Nevertheless, God has ordained it so.
In the very first church Paul established, he taught the new
converts at Thessalonica this truth. Listen to this giant man of prayer asking
the lesser, so to speak, for their prayers, “Brethren,
pray for us...” But who, also said, “We pray always for you...” This was the
rule in his other epistles as well. Interestingly, this great man of God asks
prayer from those we would think beneath us spiritually.
Many years ago I began asking little children, and saints
who were considered least esteemed in their church, and yes, even those who by their
outward appearance seemed to be worldly, to pray for me. I have found such people,
as well as other kinds, often have something between themselves and their God
the rest of us have not been let in on. James admonishes us, “Pray one for another.” Brethren, LET’S
GET TO IT!