Pray for Us


2 Thessalonians 3:1 “Finally, brethren, pray for us, that the word of the Lord may have free course, and be glorified, even as it is with you:”

There is nothing that you can do to benefit someone else more than praying for them. What a compliment it is when someone says they are praying for you. To think that someone would stop and think about me is one thing, but for them to stop and think about me and pray for me is one of the greatest honors and needs of my life and yours. People can give you money, but money will not do for you what someone can do for you by praying for you. Having empathy for you in your time of need is certainly a wonderful comfort to have, but empathy cannot do anything for you like someone praying for you can do.

When Paul said, “pray for us,” this was a great request by the Apostle to those in the church of Thessalonica. He knew these people loved him and wanted to help him, but the greatest help they could give the Apostle was through their prayers. Certainly, they could have supported his ministry as others had, but he needed their prayers. Paul understood the magnitude of prayer and its impact on those to whom he was trying to minister, and that is why he requested these people to pray for him. Let me share some thoughts with you about the importance of praying for others and how you can do it.

First, you can always pray for others. You may not be able to help people financially, but you can pray for them. You may not have the wisdom to help them through their decisions, but you can pray for God to give them the wisdom. You may not know how to comfort someone in their time of need, but you can pray to the God of comfort that He would allow His Holy Spirit to comfort them. No matter what your situation in life may be, you can always pray for others.

Second, praying for others is a way you can serve with other believers. Romans 15:30 says, “…strive together with me in your prayers to God for me;” Imagine the impact that could be made if believers all over the world prayed for each other instead of talking about each other. One way I can minister with the missionary in another country is to pray for them, and likewise, the way they can minister with me in my church is to pray for me. Much could be done for the sake of Christ if believers worked together in prayer for God to do something. Instead of sowing strife, believers ought to strive together in prayer.

Third, praying for others helps you to overcome selfishness. To pray for someone causes you to take your eyes off yourself to think about someone else. What better way can the believer overcome selfishness and crucify the flesh than to pray for others? Praying for others is a great way to help you to live for others. When you pray for others with the fervency that you would wish they would pray for you is a great way to have an impact on another’s life.

My friend, one of the greatest needs in the church in every generation is for believers to pray for each other. You will find that you can remove ill feelings towards others when you begin to pray for them. You will find that one of the greatest ways to find satisfaction in life is to pray for others. When someone has a need, take the time to stop and pray for them. When someone comes to mind, stop and pray for that person, for God likely brought them to your mind so you can pray for them.

Dr. Allen Domelle

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