The Importance of a Prayer Request

Today I was hit with a HUGE prayer request for one of my dearest friends and her family. I immediately hit my knees in prayer, which is something I’m sorry to admit that I rarely do. I’ve discovered that as much as I’d love to always be the person who has the right words to say, the perfect advice to give, or the ability to fix any problem, sometimes I’m left feeling clueless and helpless. It’s in those moments that I have no choice but to turn to the ONLY ONE who can do all of those things.

If you’re a believer, I’m willing to bet that you’ve gotten a few prayer requests in your lifetime. You’ve probably also gone to someone to ask for prayer at some point. Have you ever really stopped to think about the weight that request really carries?

The Bible tells us we are in the middle of a spiritual battle. Ephesians 6:12 says “For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.” You may not always think about it this way, but the prayers we offer up to the Lord are a weapon. By presenting our requests to God we are inviting Him to do something powerful in our lives or in the lives of those we’re praying for.

Chances are, if you’re in need of prayer, it’s because you’re under attack by the enemy. Our enemy is not flesh and blood – he cannot be seen – but boy can his attacks be felt! There are times that it can seem like he’s working overtime to get us to a place of sorrow, pain, loneliness, and a million other negative feelings that he wants to trap us in. It’s in those times of hopeless anguish that we have to remember that we don’t have to face this enemy alone!

“If God is for us, who can ever be against us?” – Romans 8:31

If you are a Christian, you have the power of the Almighty God on your side! What is even more amazing is that when we join together in prayer with other believers, the power of our prayers multiplies exponentially!

So today, after my time of prayer, when I truly had no more words to say, I did the only other thing I know to do when things get bad – I called on my prayer warriors. If there’s one good thing about having to move around a lot in the last few years, it’s that I’ve amassed quite the praying army! I sent loads of text messages – as we 21st century Christians do – and immediately started getting responses of people telling me that they were praying.

This isn’t an uncommon occurrence, and you’ve probably experienced it at some point too, but today it felt so much bigger – so much more meaningful than usual. Maybe it’s because this prayer request seems bigger, or maybe it’s because God was trying to show me something through all of this. I couldn’t help but picture what was happening in the spiritual realms – every single one of us praying was surrounding my friend and her family with a wall of protection against the enemy’s attacks.

Again, I’m ashamed to admit this, but I’m willing to bet I’m not alone on this. There are many times that I’ll receive one of those texts asking me to pray and most of the time – but not always – I’ll stop to say a quick prayer and then continue on with what I’m doing and quickly forget about it. While my phone was buzzing with new text messages for nearly a full fifteen minutes this morning, I was so grateful that all of these amazing women that I’m blessed to have in my prayer army were taking time out of their days to pray for someone that the majority of them had never even met!

In that moment, the Lord truly convicted me. How many times have I brushed off a request to pray for someone, thinking I’m busy right now I’ll get to that later? When later comes I rarely remember to pray for whatever it was. How many times have I read a request to pray and thought “I don’t know them so how can I pray for them?” or “That doesn’t seem like a big deal, surely they don’t need my prayers for that.”?

As I’ve continued to receive text after text this morning from friends telling me that they are praying as I asked them to, God has made me more and more aware of the importance of a prayer request. So many of these women could have brushed this off and ignored it for the same reasons I’ve done so in the past, but they didn’t! I think it’s because they know something I’m only just figuring out – even when something seems small or distant to you, if someone felt the need to ask you to pray for something, it’s not small or distant to them. In fact, it could be one of the biggest prayer requests they’ve ever had.

So, next time someone asks you to pray for them – whether it seems big or small, important or insignificant to you – just remember the importance of a prayer request.

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