Dear Church Family,
It is both a privilege and a blessing to be able to pray for one another. It is a privilege because God has so graciously opened to you and me His throne of grace. We have, through the Lord Jesus Christ, free access to the Mercy Seat of the one true and living God.
We are promised that through the Savior we have the ear of God, can call on Him night and day, cast all our cares upon Him, and present our thanks and our petitions through the promised intercession of our blessed Redeemer.
It is also a privilege to be able to pray for one another. This aspect of our Christian faith is sometimes underestimated. It is a great privilege to be able to appear for ourselves in prayer, but we have been extended the grace to be able to appear on one another’s behalf as well. When we ask a brother or sister to pray for us; we anticipate that he or she will appear before the Lord in prayer on our behalf, so that we are not merely pleading before the Lord for ourselves, but that we have a family—made up of our brothers and sisters in Christ—praying for us and with us.
Then, it is a blessing to be able to pray for one another. What a blessing it is to be able, joyfully, to carry a friend before the Lord in prayer with the expectation of blessing from His hand! What a blessing it is to know that when we bear each other’s names, thanksgivings or petitions, that we are recognized as friends and family in the Lord Jesus Christ.
And what a blessing it is to know that by praying for one another, we are doing the most effective thing that we can do. It does not excuse us from our mutual duties of love to one another, but it is the thing that gives the performance of those duties real hope of being useful. And, it provides help in so many ways that we simply cannot give.
It is a blessing to be praying for each other and to be prayed for by one another.
The Apostle Paul, in writing to the Thessalonians says,
2 Thessalonians 1:11-12 Therefore we also pray always for you that our God would count you worthy of this calling, and fulfill all the good pleasure of His goodness and the work of faith with power, (12) that the name of our Lord Jesus Christ may be glorified in you, and you in Him, according to the grace of our God and the Lord Jesus Christ.
Nothing that is going on right now would render this prayer for one another irrelevant. If we can think of nothing else to pray for in order to take advantage of this great privilege and blessing of prayer for one another—well, here is a prayer we can all pray for others and that we all need others to be praying for us.
O LORD, may we all be found worthy of our calling in and by Christ Jesus. May we be faithful in our mutual bonds of love and appearing before you bearing one another’s burdens and joys. Fulfill, dear Father, all the good pleasure of Your goodness in my brothers and sisters today.
We would particularly bring before You our sister, Teenie Lyro. Lord, keep her as the apple of Your eye and protect her under the shadow of your wings. Comfort, encourage and strengthen both her and her family, and provide her needs and the needs of those she serves.
Father, we have many in our great family of believers, who have need of grace and mercy. Please extend to them the blessings of the covenant, with all its sweet comforts and consolations, and may the glory be yours both now and forever through the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, Amen.