Are You Praying?

“Dear brothers and sisters, pray for us.” (1 Thessalonians 5:25)

Paul was wrapping up his letter to the brothers and sisters in Thessalonica when in verse 25, we see this short verse. A “prayer request”. Paul says it straightforward, “pray for us.”

He begins his letter by letting them know that they were praying constantly for the church. Paul understood the power of prayer, it was not optional. It was a lifeline and he relied on the prayers of his brothers and sisters.

“For I know that as you pray for me and the Spirit of Jesus Christ helps me, this will lead to my deliverance.” Philippians 1:19 NLT

and in Romans 15:30

“Dear brothers and sisters, I urge you in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ to join in my struggle by praying to God for me…”

The call to prayer, to enter the “war room” has been sounding, there is an urgency for God’s people to pray like never before.  It’s time that we embrace that call. The enemy will work hard to try and discourage us from praying, not only for ourselves, our families but for others as well. He wants us quiet. 

Are you praying?

Priscilla Shirer said in her book, Fervent, that “the enemy will seek to disarm you by putting a distaste for prayer in your mouth. He wants to see you passionless, powerless, and prayerless. Quiet.”

With all that is going on in the world right now, and so many brothers and sisters in Christ being affected, I borrow the words of Paul to Timothy:

“I urge you, first of all, to pray for all people. Ask God to help them; intercede on their behalf, and give thanks for them.” (1 Timothy 2:1)

11 Bible Verses About Prayer

May these verses encourage you and stir up your heart to fully embrace the call to prayer.

Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4:6-7)

Devote yourselves to prayer with an alert mind and a thankful heart. Colossians 4:2
 And the Holy Spirit helps us in our weakness. For example, we don’t know what God wants us to pray for. But the Holy Spirit prays for us with groanings that cannot be expressed in words. Romans 8:26
Listen to my voice in the morning, Lord. Each morning I bring my requests to you and wait expectantly. Psalm 5:3
I am praying to you because I know you will answer, O God. Bend down and listen as I pray. Psalm 17:6
One day Jesus told his disciples a story to show that they should always pray and never give up. Luke 18:1
Pray in the Spirit at all times and on every occasion. Stay alert and be persistent in your prayers for all believers everywhere. Ephesians 6:18 NLT
Make your life a prayer. 1 Thessalonians 5:17 TPT
Pray, too, that we will be rescued from wicked and evil people, for not everyone is a believer. 2 Thessalonians 3:2 NLT
While Jesus was here on earth, he offered prayers and pleadings, with a loud cry and tears, to the one who could rescue him from death. And God heard his prayers because of his deep reverence for God. Hebrews 5:7
Are any of you suffering hardships? You should pray. Are any of you happy? You should sing praises. James 5:13

“In prayer, you gain your strength – the power to gird yourself with armor that extinguishes every weapon your enemy wields.”

Priscilla Shirer
Shayr wid yo frens

7 thoughts on “Are You Praying?”

  1. Andrea, thank you for your powerful reminder of prayer and for the Bible verses. Yes. Prayer is needed now more than ever. There are people crying out and depending on us to pray for them. 1 Samuel 12:23, “Far be it from me that I should sin against the LORD by failing to pray for you.” Did you know that David Livingston the missionary to Africa died in Africa on his knees in prayer in 1873 and Thomas Watson a Puritan preacher died in his closet at prayer, about 1689-1690? Thank you for your posting on prayer. I needed to hear that!!!

  2. Pray in the Spirit at all times and on every occasion. Stay alert and be persistent in your prayers for all believers everywhere. Ephesians 6:18 NLT

    I needed this reminder to stay alert and be persistent in my prayers. This week urgent prayer requests came in from Russia, Tajikistan, Afghanistan, the US, Belize, and Australia. God help me stay persistent in my prayers for believers everywhere.

  3. Thank you Andrea, for this wonderful post and encouragement to lean in.
    Lord, today we choose to devote our hearts to prayer. Help us Holy Spirit to pray without ceasing and to listen to Your heart and leading in our special times spent with You in communion.
    In Jesus Name. Amen!

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