“Keep alert with all perseverance, making supplication for all the saints” (Ephesians 6:18)
Prayer is important. Jesus encourages us to pray regularly, not only for our own needs but also for “all the saints”. He leaves us an example in John 17, where He prays for all the people who believe in Him. He asks God the Father to keep them safe from Satan, to fill them with true happiness and to sanctify them in the truth to make them fully qualified to serve in God’s Kingdom.
The apostles give similar examples in their letters. Believers pray for fellow Christians that they may stand mature and fully assured in all the will of God (Colossians 4:12), that God will help them to grow in faith and to live a life that honors Him. These are all very important requests that we can bring before God’s throne.
Sometimes, there are particular situations we can pray for, for example when someone from our local church is severely ill or is struggling with doubt and depression. If you are in a difficult situation yourself, don’t hesitate to share your troubles with fellow believers so that they can pray for you!
Do you regularly pray for others, especially for fellow Christians?