Sunday, 26 January 2014

Intercession: Can We Pray For You?


“Is any one of you in trouble? He should pray. Is anyone happy? Let him sing songs of praise. Is any one of you sick? He should call the elders of the church to pray over him and anoint him with oil in the name of the Lord. And the prayer offered in faith will make the sick person well; the Lord will raise him up. If he has sinned, he will be forgiven. Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective.” (James 5: 13-16; NIV)

“Intercessory prayer is the purifying bath into which the individual and the fellowship must enter every day.” (Dietrich Bonhoeffer)

“If we truly love people, we will desire for them far more than it is within our power to give them, and this will lead us to prayer. Intercession is a way of loving others.” (Richard Foster)

I am going to go out on a limb here and say that there isn’t a Christian alive who doesn’t believe in the importance and the power of prayer. While we may disagree on a host of other things when it comes to our faith, prayer is a non-issue; we all agree that Christianity and prayer go together like bread and butter. Having said that, I would like to share with you something that is on my heart: Intercessory Prayer.
Can we pray for you?
If so, simply leave a comment prayer request on this blog post. You can be as specific or as general as you feel comfortable; as public or anonymous as you wish. If you only wish to identify yourself with your initials, that is fine too; God knows who you are, even if we don’t. Here at Rethinking Faith and Church we will commit ourselves to praying for each prayer request that we receive.

Furthermore, we believe that there are many prayer warriors out there in our eFellowship, and perhaps you’re one of them. If so, we would invite you to consider joining us in praying about the concerns shared here. Please check back regularly for new prayer requests as they may arrive. Peace and Blessings.
As for me, far be it from me that I should sin against the Lord by failing to pray for you” (1 Samuel 12:23; NIV).

Please Note: In an effort to weed out spam, all prayer requests will go through the moderator first. Thank you.

6 comments:

  1. Please pray for me and my family. My son aged 40 died from a heart attack recently. We are battling to come to terms with the grief, loss of our beloved son. Our hearts are filled with doubt and questions. Pray that God will strengthen us and restore our faith. Thank you for your prayers.

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    1. Dear Anonymous,
      A prayer for you and your loved ones is on my lips and in my heart. May God help you through this difficult time. May He be pleased to wrap His arms of love around you and give you His good and perfect peace throughout all your questions and doubts. Praying.

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  2. Yes please pray for me. I cannot properly put words to my request but God knows what I need.
    to the person above who lost their son, I am praying for you too.

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    1. Dear Anonymous,
      Yes, God knows even when we can't verbalize. Praying that He may grant the desires of your heart in accordance with His good and perfect plan. Peace & Blessings.

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  3. Thanks for offering.

    I need prayer... desperately. I have been battling an undiagnosed illness for many years. Recently, my biggest client withheld payment, and following my surgeon's advice, I didn't travel to make it right. Now the company is in such dire straights that I am forced to lay everybody off while I look for a restructuring model that will pay the bills. I feel like I should just walk away, but my commitment to the founders, my parents, is keeping me in "chains".

    I am looking to God's people to petition Him to clarify my thoughts, and give me peace with this continued struggle.

    Thanks in advance.
    A father's son

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    1. Dear A Father's Son,
      Praying that God may grant you wisdom in knowing how to best deal with the "chains" and business concerns. May He also be pleased to bring you healing and peace in this difficult time.

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