Pray One For Another
James 5:16 Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.
I. It is an Obligation because of the Command
A. The Interaction of Praying One for Another – … Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another,
- 1 Timothy 2:1 I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men;
- Ephesians 6:18 Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;
- Colossians 4:12 Epaphras, who is one of you, a servant of Christ, saluteth you, always labouring fervently for you in prayers, that ye may stand perfect and complete in all the will of God.
Definition of INTERCESSION: a falling in with, meeting with; an interview; a coming together; to visit
- Isaiah 59:16 And he saw that there was no man, and wondered that there was no intercessor: therefore his arm brought salvation unto him; and his righteousness, it sustained him.
B. The Intent of Praying One For Another – that ye may be healed…
- 2 Chronicles 7:14 If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.
C. The Impact of Praying One For Another – …availeth much
- 17 Elias was a man subject to like passions as we are, and he prayed earnestly that it might not rain: and it rained not on the earth by the space of three years and six months.
- 18 And he prayed again, and the heaven gave rain, and the earth brought forth her fruit.
The prayer of faith accomplishes the impossible.
Faith sees the invisible, believes the impossible, receives the incredible, no matter what was.
Faith moves the unmovable, proves the unprovable for anyone willing to trust.
Believe and you’ll see what faith does.
II. It is an Opportunity because of our Concern
Intercessory prayer is without a doubt the greatest demonstration of Christian love.
When someone asks you to pray for them, pray for them!
If you want to do something significant for someone, pray for them!
If you are going to ask people to pray for you, you should pray for them.
A. Paul’s Example of Praying One For Another
- Colossians 1:3 We give thanks to God and the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, praying always for you,
- Romans 1:9 For God is my witness, whom I serve with my spirit in the gospel of his Son, that without ceasing I make mention of you always in my prayers;
- Ephesians 1:16 Cease not to give thanks for you, making mention of you in my prayers;
- 1 Thessalonians 1:2 We give thanks to God always for you all, making mention of you in our prayers;
B. Paul’s Expectation of Praying One For Another
- Romans 15:30 Now I beseech you, brethren, for the Lord Jesus Christ’s sake, and for the love of the Spirit, that ye strive together with me in your prayers to God for me;
- Colossians 4:3 Withal praying also for us, that God would open unto us a door of utterance, to speak the mystery of Christ, for which I am also in bonds:
- 1 Thessalonians 5:25 Brethren, pray for us.
- 2 Thessalonians 3:1 Finally, brethren, pray for us, that the word of the Lord may have free course, and be glorified, even as it is with you:
- Hebrews 13:18 Pray for us: for we trust we have a good conscience, in all things willing to live honestly.