Scripture of the Week

Pray for us, for we are sure that we have a clean conscience, desiring to act honorably in all things. Heb. 13:18

“Pray for us.” This is a an oft used phrase appropriately used by Christians in a time need or distress. But it is also a phrase used by many whose lives show no dedication to the Lord, in their times of need or distress as well. At some point in life, people will come to a realization of their need for help beyond themselves and any resource they have on earth and turn to the One who has all power.

Seeking prayer is something commonly repeated in the New Testament, especially from the apostles who were sent forth by Jesus into the world to proclaim the Gospel of salvation and make disciples. For example, Paul asked for prayer as he was met by persecution at almost every turn. Even in His final hours, Jesus asked His inner circle of disciples to pray for Him because His suffering had become so great.

Prayer is a mystery. While our God knows all things, yet He desires to have communion with you, and that is through prayer. The Israelites prayed individually giving praise and thanksgiving to God, as well as supplications and intercessions for others. They offered corporate prayers for their well-being as a nation and a people of God, as well as prayers for protection and guidance, and confession of their sins both as a nation and individually.

While still on Earth, Jesus prayed for His disciples, and then for you, Believer, as recorded in John 17, “I do not ask for these only, but also for those who will believe in me through their word, that they may all be one, just as you, Father, are in me, and I in you, that they also may be in us, so that the world may believe that you have sent me” (vv. 20-22).

Christian, you have the Holy Spirit within you today to help you know what and how to pray. Jesus Christ is your mediator with the Father, who will answer the believer’s prayer. For those in darkness, prayer can seem a meaningless exercise, yet Christians know the power of prayer. Today pray for people in this world to seek God and allow their hearts and minds to be drawn to Him so that they know the Lord and His truth.

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