The Gift of Sharing Prayer

For this reason we also, since the day we heard it, do not cease to pray for you, and to ask that you may be filled with the knowledge of His will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding; that you may walk worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing Him, being fruitful in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God;…  
 Colossians 1:9-10

What a wonderful gift Paul and Timothy were giving the believers in Colosse – praying for them.  I truly cherish the women God has brought into my life who have gifted me with their prayer coverings.  These women have prayed for me in and through many situations.  Also, I have been honored to be able to do the same for them.  Through each of these God ordained friendships I have many wonderful stories to tell about answered prayers.  Stories that have not only helped feed my faith life, but have also encouraged the faith of my friends and countless others who have heard the stories we each have to share. 

Do you have friends who are dedicated to praying for you and your family?  If not, start by asking God to reveal to you who He has put among you for that purpose.  Also ask that He bring new friends into your life who would be willing to pray for you and who you can pray for in return.  When we enter into prayer relationships with others we build deep and purposeful relationships by connecting the spiritual parts of our lives with one another.  We allow the Holy Spirit to move in and through us confirming His work in the world.  An added bonus of these relationships is also being able to offer prayers up for the ones who are praying for us and seeing God work in and through your simple petitions for them.

God does not desire for us to carry the burdens of our lives on our own.  Our burdens are not only meant to bring us closer to God, but also to bring us closer to one another.  They are meant to be shared and when answers to our prayers come, how much better it is to have someone alongside you who has also labored in prayer over that situation with whom you can now share in rejoicing with.

If you are feeling weary and burdened by the demands of life, by the needs of your family, by difficulties in your marriage, or by a situation at work, remember you were never asked to handle any burden on your own.  God desires to carry the load and to bring others alongside you to ease your burdens.  But, you must be willing to ask for the help and receive it when it comes.  Until then pray for God to open your eyes and your heart to the friends He desires to put into your life for the purposes He has preordained in your life.


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