12th June 2018

Will You Pray For Me?

“Dear brothers and sisters, I urge you in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ to join in my struggle by praying to God for me. Do this because of your love for me, given to you by the Holy Spirit. Pray that I will be rescued…Then, by the will of God, I will be able to come to you with a joyful heart, and we will be an encouragement to each other.”
Romans 15:30-32 (NLT)

The Apostle Paul was without a doubt one of the greatest Christians who ever lived. He was a man of power who was used by God mightily in preaching the gospel. One would think that a man of his stature would have needed nothing and no one. However, such is not the case. Several times in the writings of Paul he is found asking the people of God to pray for him, such as 2 Thessalonians 3:1 and Hebrews 13:18. Here is a man who is on top of the heap, spiritually speaking, yet he feels the need to have God’s children battling for him in prayer. Here is a man who is keenly aware of the benefits of having fellow-Christians lift him up in prayer. 

A call for diligence—Paul says that he ‘urges’ them to join with him in praying for his work. This is a strong word. They are called on to join him in a ministry of prayer. It gives the impression of an SOS. Paul is saying, “I need help! I am drafting you to come alongside of me and help me pray about some things.”

Paul calls upon these Christians to “strive” with him in prayer—the NKJV says, “that you strive together with me in prayers.” This word carries the idea of entering into a fight with someone else. It is the same word from which we get the English word “agony.” It is the same word used by Jesus when He prayed in Gethsemane in Luke 22:44, “He prayed more fervently, and He was in such agony of spirit that His sweat fell to the ground like drops of blood.” It pictures prayer as “wrestling,” and that’s just what it is! Why? Because the devil and the forces of evil will fight our attempts at a consistent prayer life more than anything else we do! The devil fears a Christian who prays the effectual prayers spoken of in James 5:16 when he says the earnest (fervent or effectual) prayer of a righteous person has great power and produces wonderful results. The ministry of prayer is our opportunity to enter into spiritual warfare with the devil. It is in the closet of prayer that power descends upon the warrior.

“Who will pray for me?” It just may be that this message will remind us of the importance of intercessory prayer and that we will get busy praying about the needs in the lives of those around us.

Prayer
Our heavenly Father, thank you for the sacrifice of your son Jesus Christ. Through His sacrifice we have access into your holy throne of grace through prayer. In Jesus’ name.
Amen

Study by Dennis Payne

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About the Author:
Dennis Payne attends the North London Congregation of the Grace Communion International.

Local Congregation:
Grace Communion International London
Indian YMCA
Mahatma Gandhi Hall
41 Fitzroy Square
LONDON
W1T 6AQ

Meeting Time:
Saturday 2:30pm

Local Congregational Contact:
Barry Robinson
Email:   london@gracecom.church

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