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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.


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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21 Comments

  1. Sivashankaran. menaka says:

    Plz pray for me and my wife to live gether and for childrens

  2. norman denston says:

    True

  3. Jesse says:

    I am sorry if I offend anyone with this opinion, but I have attended small country churches that struggle to get one sermon a month in because the majority of the service is taken over for prayer requests. It seems as if many people attend church to get prayers answered instead of its main purpose. I attend church to understand how to be a disciple and understand the Bible.

  4. Jesse says:

    I struggle with that verse. I believe that it simply means that burdens should be shared and we as Christians should pray for others. I don’t believe we should ask for prayer though. I feel like its using a surrogate. Pray for others freely and Christians will pray freely for you .

  5. John says:

    Please pray for me and my family because there is devil in all of my family members including me, so I humbly request you to remember my family in your prayers

  6. Shakita says:

    Asking for someone to pray for me to be blessed with a job and a bigger place for me and my family.. Thank you and god bless