Praying In Fellowship

How often do you pray with others?

I do not just mean when the pastor or someone in the band or choir prays. How often do you pray with people who are in need, or who are hurting, or who say “pray for me”?

You might say, “Prayer is a private thing! Jesus told us to pray in secret! Besides, I do not want to make someone else feel uncomfortable.” (I have actually heard, almost and if not exactly verbatim, someone say this to me)

A) Prayer is both private and public. We already discussed doing it corporately. Which leads to 2) Jesus and the Apostles prayed with people. See Acts 1:14 and 2:42. Besides, also) it sounds more like you feel uncomfortable praying with people in public.

If you are anything like me, you are probably guilty of saying “I’ll pray for you!” Then you never do, or at best throw up a quick “God, be with that person.” This either makes you a liar or not as loving as you could be.

I must confess that I have gotten out of the habit of praying with people. For a while, I was one of those people who, if you said “Will you pray for me?” I would say, “Of course! Can we pray right now?” I have not done so well, as of late. I do reply to most text message or e-mail requests with a typed prayer, but it is not quite the same as saying it with the person (though, of course there are times it is not feasible).

My conviction level has been high the past few weeks, too. I have realized the number of opportunities I have passed, followed by some messages on the radio discussing it, and having some dear friends pray with me in just the past couple weeks.

I want to be that person again!

Do you?

Besides, perhaps our lack of active and immediate prayers is a major cause of dissension between believers. Perhaps we fail to get along because we fail to love each other enough to pray with each other.

Lord, grant us the capacity to love You and others enough to want to pray openly with others when they ask. Remind us to pray when we have the opportunities. Move in our prayers as we pray in faith, and help us believe that You are answering even though we sometimes fail to believe. Lord, empower us with Your Holy Spirit, and grow Your love in us. Thank you, Lord Jesus. Amen.

    • catholicboyrichard
    • January 31st, 2012

    I think those of us who are Catholic Christians are most guilty of this…we do pray for others, but rarely stop and do so in an “in the moment” fashion. I miss that and need that. You have challenged me. I accept.

    • I think those of us who are Christian are guilty of this!
      Excellent! I pray we can hold each other accountable to the challenge!

        • catholicboyrichard
        • February 4th, 2012

        I wanted to clarify why I said “Catholic Christians” in the above comment–and not just Christian in general. I think that is an area we who are Roman or otherwise Catholic can learn from our Protestant sisters and brothers. Often being in a litugical type church, we unthinkingly compartmentalize our prayer life a bit more than our evangelical friends. Very few Catholics will pray for your need “on the spot” but they almost always will pray for you–just not then and there. And sometimes we all need a “then and there” touch. I once was having a medical procedure done and went to the priest after Mass to tell him about it. I expected a quick laying on of hands or something, and instead he said “well good luck.” OUCH–and yet I know he is a prayerful man and did indeed pray for me throughout the day. He absolutely meant no harm. I just would not have minded to be wished something other than “luck” and then to be sent on my way. And we all are guilty of this as you shared Dan. And yes I think we can challenge each other to do better.

      • Thank you for that clarification! I understood that (the majority of my family (Dad’s side) being Roman Catholic), but now others who come across this blog can know, too! I am quite sure you understand there are other Christians with the same issues (which is one reason why I have not always stopped and prayed with people, because I know I will pray as I am going along!), it is just good to hear from every side. You help so much with that.

        God bless you, brother!

  1. I think posts like these are always timely and relevant for today’s Christian. Spiritual discipline is something we must always remain cognizant of; for God grants many gifts of the spirit…but we must cultivate the discipline to carry them out so they manifest.

    • I recently rediscovered one of my textbooks from a year and a half ago, one about spiritual discipline. Before that class and that book, I thought I was doing okay simply because I was doing better than many others I knew. It was a smack in the face! Realizing I had fallen out of the habit of instant prayer, I picked up the book again, and you are quite right. We need that discipline to be ready when God moves!

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