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Q:

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.


A:

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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15 Comments

  1. Anthony says:

    Asking for prayer healing for my friend Ray who is in the hospital in pain, that Jesus Christ would heal him.

    1. BGEA says:

      Hi Anthony,

      We prayed for Ray and encourage others who read this to do the same. Thanks.

  2. Deborah Mayfield says:

    My brother, Ray, is hospitalized with COPD and is on a respirator. He is 53 yr old. This is the first time he has asked for prayers so I am compelled to request those reading this to pray for healing. Thanks very much.

  3. Shawna Westrick says:

    I am asking for anyone, to please pray for me. I have been unsuccessful at trying to get a job, due to being layed off in July. I am doing everything I can, including interviews, sending out applications every week, yet to no avail. I am almost at the point of giving up. I am so tired from trying, it is making me feel so inadequate that I cannot find work.

    1. Dominique Johnson says:

      It takes a while to finds jobs these days. Everyday, 3 times a day for the next 7 days. Tell God I trust that you will supply my needs. If you trust in God you may not ever have to work again if that’s what he has for you. But first you have to but all your trust in him because He doesn’t fail. On the 8
      Days begin to give a God praise for the new beginning. I’m believe God for your new beginnings

  4. KARRIE says:

    My boyfriend of 9 years died in June. He left a will. His family who he did not talk to is contesting the will and trying to take everything. I just need to have prayer that everything is going to work out. I hae not been able to mourn because of this. People are evil when other people die.

  5. maria campos says:

    things are falling apart in my home, and my new vehicles have come up with problems and no one will fix them right. My mother has fallen and has hurt her knees really bad. I am trying to keep my faith in turning everything over to god. help me, pray for me. thank you

  6. Maria says:

    Please pray for my marriage. My husband wants to retire next year in March and move away from his 3 kids and me. He wants to go back to Colombia S.A. Thank you.

    1. BGEA says:

      Hi Maria,

      Just prayed for your marriage. Here is an article by Billy Graham related to your prayer.

      My Answer

      – BGEA Team

  7. Rodney says:

    I agree we must pray feverishly and ask others for prayer. As I am going through the storm of marriage separation. Jesus has taught me many lessons. One to humble myself and not be afraid of my scars, for they will be my testimony of my battle. God has answered many impossible prayers, he has changed me in ways I cannot begin to describe. So i ask you for prayer, for my marriage and family. For all chains of the enemy to be broken and all wedges, bad influences, ungodly relationship be removed. Thank you and God bless

  8. 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 !

  9. 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

  10. 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:

      Linda
      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!!