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Does it really do any good to ask others to pray for us when we're having a problem? I admit I don't like to share my personal problems with people I hardly know, by asking them to pray for me.


God urges us not only to pray and commit our burdens to Him, but to seek out others who will help us carry our burdens by their prayers. The Bible says, “Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ” (Galatians 6:2).

This is why we shouldn’t hesitate to ask others to pray for us. God loves us, and one of the ways He shows His love to us is by promising to hear us when we pray. God sent His Son into the world so that the barrier separating us from God — a barrier caused by our sin — could be destroyed. Because Christ gave His life for us, the Bible says “we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand” (Romans 5:2).

Does this mean we should indiscriminately ask everyone we know to pray for us, no matter how personal or delicate the situation might be? This may be appropriate at times — but not always. Sometimes our burdens shouldn’t be widely shared, because people who don’t know us may not be able to pray intelligently. Jesus prayed with His disciples — but frequently He also prayed alone, because even His closest disciples couldn’t have understood the burdens He was carrying.

Don’t let your pride, or anything else, keep you from asking others to pray for you. Prayer is one of our greatest privileges, and the Bible’s promise is true: “If we ask anything according to his will, he hears us” (1 John 5:14).

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  1. Ed Hayden says:

    I think as I read the scriptures we should only ask those we know who are righteous to be praying for us. For their prayers availith much !

  2. Don says:

    I need prayer for Restoration of my Marriage. I took the marriage and being close for granted, bad (negative) attitude all the time, etc, etc. and I really dropped the ball because I could have really led by example if I was in a closer relationship with Jesus.

    1. Veronica says:

      I do not know you personally, but I wanted you to know that I did pray over your comment. Not even sure how I got to the page the first time. I want you to know that no matter what, God loves you. Seek Him and He will direct you. I know from experience about restoration. I was separated from my husband for 9mths. God bless

  3. Linda Petot says:

    I believe in the power of prayer and need very much for others to pray for me as i am going to be undergoing testing to see if my cancer has returned pray for a healing if it is God’s will Thank you for all you do and God Bless you testing the week of Christ birth.

    1. Dana says:

      God loves you so much and wants to see you well. Commanding all cancer be gone in His name. Receive all He has for you and walk in knowing you are a daughter of The Most High. God bless!!