May I Pray for You?

Hello my dear Readers! Here I come back with my own post. The idea of this post came out from my foster sister, Sandra who during these few days, with the different colors she wears a shirt that reads “May I pray for you?” When I asked her who you want to pray for, she earnestly said everyone who need to pray for. Beside pray for ourselves we should pray for others too.

Talk about pray for others; I remembered one bible figure that mentioned in the Colossians, named Epaphras. Who is Epaphras? We might not know very well about this man. It’s reasonable because there isn’t much record about Epaphras in the bible. He wasn’t a famous figure like Paul, Peter, John, and other apostles. But still, for me what Epaphras did was very inspiring me. Paul mentioned him in the letter of Colossians and Philemon. Epaphras was a faithful minister and fellow servant who were serving God together with Paul and the other apostles (Colossians 1:7) and he also together with Paul in prison. (Philemon 1:23) Epaphras was coming from Colossians and was helping to build church in the many places such as in his own city, then Laodicea and Hierapolis. What’s the interesting thing from Epaphras? Let’s together look at this verse:

Epaphras, who is one of you and a servant of Christ Jesus, sends greetings. He is always wrestling in prayer for you, that you may stand firm in all the will of God, mature and fully assured. I vouch for him that he is working hard for you and for those at Laodicea and Hierapolis. (Colossians 4:12-13)

My heart deeply touched with one word of those verses. “He is always wrestling in prayer for you,” Where is Epaphras at the time? Was he in the pleasant place? No! Not at all! Together with Paul and others apostles he was in prison and waiting for death row! Can we imagine?! Someone jailed and headed to the death still be able to pray for others? Oh, what an amazing act! Normally, someone who’s in prison and will soon be put to the death will be in the deep misery, sadness, and fear. Even if he prayed, he will definitely pray for himself so that would be released from prison and free from the death! But it didn’t happen to Epaphras. He didn’t pray for his own sake. He wrestled prays for others! Even said that he always pray of others. Always, not only occasionally! What was prayed by Epaphras? He prayed for the congregation that he founded in Colossian. He wrestled in prayer so that the congregation could still stand firm, no longer as children but as mature and faithful people with all the things God wanted to. Although it had grown, he still wanted his congregation keep growing even without his presence and other apostles. He wanted they still have strong spiritual muscles, have a firm faith that remains rooted in Christ no matter of the situation! He wanted them remains steadfast in doing whatever God wants till the end.

My beloved readers, prayer has tremendous power. Throughout my personal life, I have experienced many times how great the power of every prayer I pray. It’s written in James 5:16,

The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.

Yes that’s true! As long as we live in righteousness, pray earnestly with firm faith, without any hesitation our prayers will so powerful. However, sometimes we’re in a situation where we’re experiencing very hard life struggle and when the problems repeatedly hit us, we become difficult to pray or we even forget to bring every of our struggle and problems into the prayer. Well my dear friends that are the time we need someone other to pray for us. When we’re unable to speak in prayer because of the heavy burden of life, we need others who really care about us and willing to pray for us. The more people pray for us are better. It’s written in Matthew 18:19,

“Again, truly I tell you that if two of you on earth agree about anything they ask for, it will be done for them by my Father in heaven.

Besides pray for ourselves, why we should to pray for others? After I am thinking and pondering, there’re four reasons why we should pray for others. Here it is…

First, praying for other is a form of fulfillment of the command that was written in the New Testament,

I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people— for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. (1Timothy 2:1-2)

Moreover, when we help to bear others’ burden through prayer, it means we are fulfilling and obeying the law of Christ.

Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ. (Galatians 6:2)

The second, praying for others is a form of love. There are two kind of love; first, love to fellow human beings. When we pray for our parents, family, or friends it means we love them. Even Jesus commands us not only to love our loved ones, but to love our enemies.

But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, (Matthew 5:43)

“But to you who are listening I say: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, (Luke 6:27)

The second form of love is love to God. Praying is a form of our intimacy with God and our intimacy with God is a form of our love to Him. Through prayer we communicate intimately with God and not only love but we also believe in His omnipotence in this world and that He will give the best for His people. By praying for others, we believe To the God’s power.

The third reason is when we pray for others there will be a multiplication of thanksgiving to God. For this statement, I make an illustration like this: One day, my foster sister, Sandra has to face a big problem and then I pray for her. When God answers my prayer and by God’s help Sandra’s problem solved, there will be multiplication of thanksgiving to God. First, I thank you to God for He heard and answered my prayer for Sandra, the second, Sandra will also give thanks to God because God has helped to solve her problem.

The last reason is that the prayer is an act that accompanies our faith. It’s written in James 2:17,

In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead.

Prayer is a real action of our faith to God. Pray for ourselves or for others shows that we don’t have dead faith but we have a living faith and will always make live because when pray for others or ourselves we put faith as a foundation of our prayer. By faith we believe that God will hear and no matter what of the answer, God will always answers every of our prayers.

My beloved friends, what about us now? Whether in our prayer list beside a series of prayer for ourselves, is there a list of other names we will pray for? Have we prayed every problems and burdens of our family, friends, or anyone who need to pray for? Have we also prayed for our church, its leaders, its ministry, its future and growth, its congregation, and many other important aspects in the church? Have we prayed for our government and its component? This evening please allow me to encourage all of us to learn from Epaphras. If in unfavorable condition Epaphras still able and willing wrestling in prayer for others, why we who have much better condition don’t do the same thing like Epaphras? It’s very important we need to pray each other. James 5:16 also said that we have to pray for each other.

Let’s strengthen each other through prayer. Let’s begin to widen our prayer scope not just pray for our own interest and needs but let’s start to pray for others. We might couldn’t help someone problems in the real way, we might couldn’t be present to accompany and reassurance a burdened person, please don’t be discouraged! We could still be there through our prayer. Epaphras couldn’t longer with his congregation but he keep wrestling through prayer so that the spiritual life of his congregation in the Colossian church could continue to grow and getting mature in the knowledge of Christ. Don’t wait people come to us for prayer but it would be wonderful we first come to them and says, “May I pray for you?”

Allow me to give a short testimony about praying. My husband and I do a habit of praying. We divide the task, every day I make a prayer list for ourselves and family and my husband compiled a list of prayers for others. When we started that habit, I ask why we should pray for others while we don’t even know exactly what their problem is and what they need. Then my husband sweetly replied, “We don’t know or don’t even need to know what their problems and needs are. Every people have its own problem. When we mention their names in our prayer, I believe God hears our prayer and He knows every single of their problem and I do believe with His omniscience He will lend His loving hand to help them. Otherwise, please don’t forget that there are many those who diligently continue pray for us. We might know, maybe we will know, or even we will never know. When you succeed doing something, that’s not just because of your own ability but there are many people loves you pray for your success”

My dear friends, let’s make “pray for others” become our Christianity lifestyle and let’s joyfully start to get used to says “May I pray for you?” There will be no loss at all when we pray for other, even God will bless us like He bless Job after Job was praying for his friends.

After Job had prayed for his friends, the Lord restored his fortunes and gave him twice as much as he had before. (Job 42:10)

Maybe we don’t have special and much time to pray for others. It’s okay. Spending five to ten minutes of our time to pray for others is enough, as long we pray in righteousness and with the firm faith, and diligent our prayer will powerful and effective. May I pray for you? Amen

Karina – Living by Faith

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77 thoughts on “May I Pray for You?

  1. Great post about prayer. It is always amazing to watch what God can do in the lives of others because you prayed. God does answer prayer. Thanks for sharing.

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    • Dear, brother Tom
      you are welcome, brother Tom 🙂 Yes God can do amazing things to others when we pray for them and through praying each other the world will be better. Thank you very much for your lovely comment, brother. God Bless.

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  2. my dear gorgeous sister..
    I’m totally surprised you made the word on my shirt became idea of your new post. And as always, wonderfully wrote about praying for others. Thank you for this great writting,sist..God Bless.

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      • You are welcome sister Karina.

        Many blessings to G-d from His saints and from G-d unto His saints!

        I am newer to wordpress and there are 2 buttons at ends of posts…

        “wordpress press this”

        and

        “reblog”

        i would like to share that post, i know the buttons are there, may i share your posts even on other platforms including wordpress?

        in Christ’s Love to yours and you,
        David

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    • Hello, grandma
      Wow that is great!! Yes I do agree with your son’s friend who use social media as a way to pray for others. What an effective way. Thank you for reading my post, grandma. God Bless.

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  3. This word really challenged me Karina. Our prayers do much in the lives of people.
    The testimony you shared at the end really hit home for me. I don’t need to know a person’s problems. I just need to pray for them having faith that YAH will move on their behalf.
    Bless you for sharing this

    Rolain

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    • Hello brother!
      Thank you very much for you great response on my post 🙂 Yes we don’t have to know what problems they have. Just pray pray for them 🙂 Thank you very much for reading, brother. Have a blessed day.

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  5. Sis Karina,

    Last Sunday I used this as the Secondary Text for my Preaching. The Title of the message was: “How to Build a Stronger Church Together.” It has two points:

    1) By helping yourself to mature as a Christian (Eph. 1:3-13). Always keeping in mind and heart your spiritual blessedness in Christ is a powerful way to eliminate faithlessness, anxieties, worries, depression, fear, and any negative emotions.

    2) By helping others in prayer. (Col. 4:12-13).

    Saturday evening I had no time to read your entire post, but looking at those verses and feeling the gist of your message hit me instantly and His Spirit led me to construct the message for Sunday. Those two verses at Col 4:12-13 are very powerful. Our prayers for others create miracles and impact in this broken world.

    God bless you!

    Sana magkausap tayo ng mas matagal sa wikang Tagalog 🙂 Salamat ng marami, kapatid ko sa Panginoon!

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    • Hello brother!
      it seems I got a great honor from you in my lunch time. I am thrilled you use my post as the secondary text of your preaching. I am so blessed if my post could be useful for others and I always hope and pray that could be a blessing also. Thank you very much for choosing my post to your preaching. Oh by the way, about talking in Tagalog, Kinikilala ko na hindi ako mahusay sa Tagalog. Kaya sa tingin ko magiging mas mahusay na makipag-usap tayo sa Ingles.

      Once again, thank you very much for your kindness, brother. God Bless and have a nice day.

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      • Hello Sister Karina 🙂

        Well thanks much too 🙂 Natutuwa lamang ako na nakakapag Tagalog ka at isa ang tagalog sa mga napili mong wika na pag-aralan.

        By the way, I just wonder how do Malaysian people worship God.. I mean culturally. Anyway, that could be a great subject. In heaven, in the very near future, we will see multitudes coming from different nations from all periods of time worshiping God. Isn’t that a marvelous sight?

        God bless you!

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  6. I couldn’t imagine a day without myself at least saying the Lord’s Prayer during my morning meanderings in my backyard or while working in my garden. In my much younger days my prayers were focused mostly for my own well being. However, today the whole world is included in my spiritual thoughts– even the great evildoers, both past and present, who will undoubtedly be most in need of forgiveness. As for the rest of us who are NOT without sin, there is an inexplicable power in prayer. Well, maybe not inexplicable. For myself, it’s faith, and how it has affected me in a more positive manner. Nice post, Karina. Peace.

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    • Hello there..
      I thank you very much for your insightful comment on my post about prayer. I love your thought, “There’s inexplicable power in prayer” Yes there’s an imaginable power in prayer as long we pray in the righteousness, totally believe with firm faith. Once again thank you very much. God Bless

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  8. Hi Karina, These are all excellent thoughts and good advice. I have been the beneficiary of many prayers since before I was born. My grandparents, other Christians, my parents…many family members. Now I need to pray without ceasing for everyone I can. In all we do, we must pray and spread the Good News that Jesus Christ is Lord and will deliver us from our sins!

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    • Hello dear…!
      Thank you very much for your lovely response on my post. Yes we have to pray for everyone as we can and spread God’s word to everyone. Thank you very much for reading 🙂 God Bless.

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  9. Epaphras was with them in Spirit, though he could not be with them in person! You have given wonderful, scriptural reasons for us to be praying for others. I enjoyed this post! 🙂

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    • Dear sister in Christ, Linda
      Thank you very much for visiting and reading my post. I am grateful you enjoyed my post 🙂 Also thank you for your lovely comment. God Bless.

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    • Dear brother in Christ, Robert..
      Thank you very much for the link of your post about study of Epaphras. That’s a valuable lesson for me especially about prayer. Once again thank yoi very much, brother 🙂 God Bless.

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  10. Yes, prayer is indeed the best gift given by God to man. With prayer we can communicate with God because He is the spirit and the truth. As brothers and sisters in Christ it is important for us pray for each other because together all of us constitute the body of Christ. Well-written article, God bless you!

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  11. Awesome Post Sister in Christ-Messiah Jesus-Yeshua Karina!! ❤

    I Say; Pray for All our Sisters and Brothers in Christ-Messiah Jesus-Yeshua and our devout Messianic Jewish Sisters and Brothers in Christ-Messiah Jesus-Yeshua and our devout Jewish Sisters and Brothers in ( HaShem-Yahweh-Jehovah ) ant their Families and Friends who STAND with the Holy Land of Israel-Yisrael and our Judeo-Christian Nation USA and our Christian Earth!!

    (1 Thessalonians 5:17 KJV ) "Pray Without Ceasing."!!

    Love ❤ Always and Shalom ( Peace ), YSIC \o/

    Kristi Ann

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  12. I agree with you that it is good to pray for other people. It is a way of loving them, as you rightly pointed out. The story of Job who got restored after praying for His friends has been a personal inspiration for me for years. Thanks for the post.

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  13. Prayer is a powerful tool, especially in situations where we feel helpless. It allows us to reach out across the globe and across time, to exceed our human limitations, and to comfort those we cannot see.

    Thank you for your posts, Karina. They are always heartfelt and encouraging — whether on first reading or fiftieth.

    Love,

    Your sister A. ❤

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    • Dear, sister Anna
      You are welcome,sister. I thank you for always reading again my posts. Oh by the way, If you don’t mind later I will use your last post about Christian marriage as one of my source of my article. I want to write a topic about sex in Christian marriage and I am on studying about the topic. Thank you,sist. Have a blessed new week.

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