Friday, March 12, 2021
“Praying for Others”
By Robert Hutchinson
Passage: Philippians 1:9-11
Throughout our lives, people have said to us or us to them, “I’ll pray for you”. If the prayer is for you, how do you feel? For me, I feel that I am not alone in the situation I find myself. When I tell someone I’ll pray for them, I feel connected to them. I check to see how they are doing.
In this passage, Paul is praying for the Philippian Church. Paul prays for two things: 1) they would be united in love; and 2) grow in a greater knowledge of Christ and deeper insight. Paul was praying that the Philippians Christians would “discern what is best” and that they would have the ability to tell right from wrong.
These are two prayers that we can easily pray for ourselves and our congregation. As we study and learn, we can grow in this knowledge of what God requires of us. It is more than just choosing right from wrong, rather it becomes a greater understanding of what it means to live as a Christian Believer.
Praying for others is what connects us together as a congregation. We have a prayer group that meets every Tuesday morning and does just this – they pray for members of our congregation individually as well as those who are ill, hurt and having difficulty in their lives. I came from a church that had a prayer chain. When someone needed prayer, they called one lady, she would call the next on the list and it would go all the way through the list. You knew that a group of people were praying for you as you were going through a difficulty.
Praying is communicating with God and lifting up others to Him.
Prayer: Lord God, thank you for the people that surround us with prayer. Amen