Read: Romans 15:30-33
My two close friends and I have a group chat. Every day, we send texts asking for prayer requests. I know I can always count on them to take the time and pray for me when I need it. Their commitment to pray for me, each other and anyone else we mention has shown me the importance of prayer. They never fail to pray for me and check in on my prayer requests. Their constant support makes me feel loved and appreciated. Through this, it has taught me the value of praying for others. Prayer does change things.
In Romans 15:30, Paul writes, “I appeal to you, brothers, by our Lord Jesus Christ and by the love of the Spirit, to strive together with me in your prayers to God on my behalf.” Paul asks the Roman church to pray for him. He knew he couldn’t do it on his own. He needed God. As do we.
Prayer is one of the most important things we need to do as Christians. It is our way of communicating with God. He is a relational God. God wants us to have a relationship with him. When you have a relationship with someone, a friend, a parent, a spouse, or significant other, you talk to them. It is impossible to have a relationship with someone you never have contact with. Our relationship with God is the same way. We need to communicate with him. Graciously God gave us a way to communicate with him.
Prayer is a way for us to get to know the character and heart of God. Psalms 145:18 says, “The Lord is near to all who call on him, to all who call on him in truth.” God is with us. When we pray we draw closer to Him. And prayer comforts us. Paul writes in Romans asking for prayer because it is powerful. Prayer changes things, and it changes us. I use to have this huge fear of asking for prayer. I didn’t want to look weak. I strived to always appear like I had everything put together. But I didn’t. I tried to do everything on my own. But I failed.
My two friends coming to me humbly asking for help has changed me. I now realize that I can’t do it alone. I need God, and He has given me people to help me through life. He is always with us, and thank the Lord for that because we need Him desperately.
Take a moment to pray for someone you know who needs prayer. After that, reach out to someone and ask if they will pray for you. Maybe you can even start a chat “prayer” group like I have. If you make prayer a part of your daily routine, I can almost guarantee that you will see a difference in your life.