Praying for others

Matthew 18:19-20
Again, I tell you that if two of you on earth agree about anything you ask for, it will be done for you by my Father in heaven. For where two or three come together in my name, there am I with them.

“Will you pray for my aunt? She’s going in for surgery.”
“My son is being sent to Iraq. Can you put him and his unit in your prayers?”
“I could use some prayers, I’m not doing well.”

When I receive such requests for prayers from friends and family, I immediately agree to add my prayers to theirs. I believe by adding my voice I am strengthening their petitions. There are several passages in the Bible that tell us “where two or three come together in my name, there am I with them.” In Mark we are reminded to have faith in God and that “…whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.” In Luke Jesus says “For nothing is impossible with God.”

Not all His answers will be what I want to hear, but I know with confidence that if “we ask anything according to his will, he hears us.”

I enjoy praying for others; I feel closer to them and like I helping carry some of their burden. It brings me nearer to Jesus and increases my faith. I relish being in this loving group called Christians.

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