Prayer: More than just a passing phrase
“I’ll be praying for you.”
“You’re in my thoughts and prayers.”
These are biblically based phrases that have become part of our everyday vocabulary, alongside other phrases like “condolences,” “sending you light and love,” and “I’m thinking of you.” All of these phrases are intended to bring comfort, and often are used when people don’t know what else to say. However, as Christ-filled believers, we aren’t called to bring comfort with our words only, but to pray. As such, the promise of prayer should be a commitment we take seriously.
The question really is, does action follow the saying? Do we say we will pray, in order to comfort someone, but then neglect to follow through? When we say we will pray, do we truly intend to bring this need before the God who can do all things? You see, there is power in prayer, and our intercession before the throne of God can change things here on earth.
The Bible, the written Word of God says: “If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked says; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.” (2 Chronicles 7:14).
Through prayer, we can see lives healed, homes restored, needs provided, impossible situations met, and the supernatural power of God released. Saying we will pray for someone should have weight. People should be able to rely on us when we say we will pray, and they should believe that as people of faith, our prayers will be effective. Prayers are so much more than words of comfort, but a commitment to action to bring a need before God. And in that, we have a confidence that God hears us, and desires to answer our requests and work on our behalf.
“And this is the confidence that we have toward him, that if we ask anything according to his will he hears us” (1 John 5:14 ESV).
“Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours” (Mark 11:24 ESV).
Words of comfort are temporary, but words spoken to God in prayer are eternal. Our world, our friends, our family, they need the prayers of a God-fearing person to intercede on their behalf.
As the Word says, “The earnest prayer of a righteous person has great power and produces wonderful results” (James 5:16 NLT).
The next time you encounter someone with a difficult situation, say that you will pray, and turn that commitment into action. Pray, and believe that God really will work on their behalf. Watch the difference it will make.
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