Scripture Reading: Romans 15:29–33
Key Verse: Acts 2:42
They continued steadfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship, in the breaking of bread, and in prayers.
Often the phrase “pray for me” is used with a casual air, as a typical closing for talks with other believers when discussing problems or difficulties. There is nothing wrong with using this phrase frequently, of course, but the importance of the request can be lost in the shuffle when it becomes part of the conversational routine.
The apostle Paul never asked for prayer in an offhand manner. When he said, “Pray for me,” he fully expected those who heard his appeal to bring his needs before the Lord in earnestness on a regular basis.
Paul wrote, “Now I urge you, brethren, by our Lord Jesus Christ and by the love of the Spirit, to strive together with me in your prayers to God for me” (Rom. 15:30 nasb). He knew how much he needed the Lord’s direction and protection as he entered potentially hostile regions, rarely knowing what kind of reaction the gospel message would receive.
God does not require your prayers in order to function in others’ lives; instead, He allows your times of communication with Him to be used as demonstrations of His intimate involvement in daily affairs. In Romans 15:32 (nasb), Paul expressed anticipation for the future and his desire to find “refreshing rest” in their company. Part of that mutual joy resulted from the vital connection of prayer, and that is the satisfaction you can receive from prayer for others.
O God, it is a solemn responsibility with which You have entrusted me. Make me faithful to pray for others on a regular basis.