You NEED To Pray For Others
In the article Learn To Pray Like David the Bible passages covered mostly David*s prayers for himself, for the blessings of God on himself, his protection from evil, etc. If we apply a simple Bible principle to our prayers we will pray for others the same as we pray for ourselves.
Matthew 22:37-39: Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. 38 This is the first and great commandment. 39 And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.
One of the most loving things we can do for others is to pray for them. We ought to pray for them just as much as we pray for ourselves. In fact, there are more other individuals than just one so we ought to be praying much more for others than for ourselves. There is no greater thing we can do for others than to get God involved in meeting their needs. He can do a whole lot more for them than we can. Just like the prophet Samuel, David prayed for others and we should too.
1 Samuel 12:23: Moreover as for me, God forbid that I should sin against the LORD in ceasing to pray for you: but I will teach you the good and the right way:
Since it is a sin not to pray for the others that God wants us to pray for, it is also a sin not to pray for ourselves. One of the most important things that happens in a Biblical church is that the members share prayer requests with one another. They share their needs, they share about things where God*s power and influence are needed. We should all have a list and, in fact, many lists of people we pray for. If you are one of those who do not attend a Biblical church regularly, you are not learning about the needs of others who NEED your prayers. You will not find nearly as many Christians to pray for outside of churches as you will in them.
It is rare in America and many other countries not to have a church near you that is full of people that you need to be praying for and who need your prayers. If you are not looking for that church and becoming a part of it, you are sinning against its members and against the Lord. If you are praying only for yourself, your family and your little circle of friends you are depriving many others of the power and involvement of Almighty God in their lives. If you are not praying for many others, you need to repent of it and begin doing it. Regularly attending a Biblical church is not just for you and not just for what you can get out of it. Furthermore, if you are not regularly attending a Biblical church, its members will not be reminded to pray for YOU nearly as often.
Acts 2:42: And they (the early church) continued stedfastly in the apostles* doctrine and fellowship, and in breaking of bread, and in prayers.
1 Thessalonians 5:17: Pray without ceasing.
A faithful Christian doing what God wants him to do will never run out of others to pray for. God has an inexhaustible supply of people for you to pray for.
Care to discuss You NEED To Pray For Others with Ron?