What do we pray for each other?

I have been challenged this week about what we pray for each other.  If I ask you what would you like me to pray for you this week, what is your reply ? Perhaps you can’t think of anything specific or perhaps you have lots of “things” in your life which you are unsatisfied with, which are causing you grief and which you want removed, or dealt with or lessened.

I am challenged every time I hear this song by Laura Story:- Blessings

We pray for blessings, we pray for peace
Comfort for family, protection while we sleep
We pray for healing, for prosperity
We pray for Your mighty hand to ease our suffering
And all the while, You hear each spoken need
Yet love us way too much to give us lesser things

‘Cause what if your blessings come through rain drops
What if Your healing comes through tears
What if a thousand sleepless nights are what it takes to know You’re near
What if trials of this life are Your mercies in disguise

We pray for wisdom, Your voice to hear
We cry in anger when we cannot feel You near
We doubt your goodness, we doubt your love
As if every promise from Your word is not enough
And all the while, You hear each desperate plea
And long that we’d have faith to believe

‘Cause what if your blessings come through rain drops
What if Your healing comes through tears
What if a thousand sleepless nights are what it takes to know You’re near
What if trials of this life are Your mercies in disguise

When friends betray us
When darkness seems to win
We know that pain reminds this heart
That this is not,
This is not our home
It’s not our home

‘Cause what if your blessings come through rain drops
What if Your healing comes through tears
What if a thousand sleepless nights are what it takes to know You’re near

What if my greatest disappointments or the aching of this life
Is the revealing of a greater thirst this world can’t satisfy
What if trials of this life
The rain, the storms, the hardest nights
Are your mercies in disguise

 

So what do you want me to pray for you this week?

For God to remove your burdens/your trials or for you to know God in the midst of the trials?  For God to take away the things that cause us to doubt or that we would be strong enough to hold on and believe that God has higher purposes for us?

This is what the apostle Paul prayed for the Christians in Thessalonica, who were facing severe hardships :- that their faith would flourish, that their love would grow, that they would know God’s grace (His unmerited favour) in their lives, and for peace, and for strength for them to complete all the good things they are prompted to do through their faith.

This is what I pray for you this week my friend.

And for me – I ask that you would pray that my faith would flourish, that my love would grow and that I would have the strength to obey the promptings of the Spirit within my heart.

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