Prayer Request Anyone?

Got to enjoy another fabulous morning run with a cherished friend this morning. We talk about quite a variety of things while we run (really does make the time go by fast!), and one of the topics we discussed around the last 1/2 mile was… prayer. This was our pondering point – “Why do we possess a filtering system when it comes to sharing our prayer requests? What qualifies a prayer as something “Big” enough to deem appropriate to reach out and “bother” or “burden” someone in making time to intercede with us on our journey?

I know I am a work in progress on this one. I carry a double standard. I consider it a complete honor and privilege to approach His Almighty throne of grace on the behalf of another’s request and need, to walk alongside someone on their journey. But, for me, I hesitate in asking others to do the same. My first instinct is to “feel” as though I am a burden to other’s, or that it comes from a selfish need to project my “issues” onto someone else. What is my source for this feeling? In light of this, am I robbing others of the same blessing and opportunity I am granted in the pursuit of prayer for others?

Well, let’s go to THE source, what does God have to say about this…
1 Thessalonians 5:17 – pray continually
2 Thessalonians 1:11 – we constantly pray for you
James 5:16 – …pray for each other…
Luke 18:1 – …that they should always pray…
Ephesians 6:18 – And pray in the Spirit on all occasions, with all kinds of prayers and requests…always keep on praying…

There you go. No request big or small. They are all of equal importance. No discrimination here. Did you catch the “continually, constantly, and always” part? What requests do you have today?

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