How do you let People Pray for you?

Welcome to Wake up and Worship!!  

Today we are studying Romans 15:31, which says:

 Pray that I will be rescued from those in Judea who refuse to obey God. Pray also that the believers there will be willing to accept the donation[n] I am taking to Jerusalem. (NLT)

Pray that I may be rescued from the unbelievers in Judea, that the gift I am bringing to[h] Jerusalem may be acceptable to the saints, (HCSB)

—that I will be delivered from the lions’ den of unbelievers in Judea. Pray also that my relief offering to the Jerusalem believers will be accepted in the spirit in which it is given. (The Message)

 [and pray] that I may be rescued from the unbelievers in Judea, and that my service for Jerusalem may be acceptable to the saints (Jewish believers) there; (Amplified Bible)

That I may be delivered from them that do not believe in Judaea; and that my service which I have for Jerusalem may be accepted of the saints; (KJV)

How do you let people pray for you?

Here Paul is asking for specific prayers according to his needs and the people’s needs.  This is important because being open and vulnerable to what you are going through to other people helps you grow.  You feel like you are not alone and other people believe in you because you are all believers of God and what God is doing in your life.

When Jesus came he broke the law.  He broke the Old Testament laws because of his one time sacrifice.  Matthew 5:17 states, “Don’t misunderstand why I have come. I did not come to abolish the law of Moses or the writings of the prophets. No, I came to accomplish their purpose.”

One of the purposes is that we are no longer under the law, we are free from the law.  We must understand that God has accepted us just as we are and we do not need to prove ourselves to him or anyone else.  We are worthy because of what Jesus did on the cross.  

I am an Ennegram one so one thing that I have to address is that I get angry yet I am ashamed of my anger and try to repress it.  However, it comes out in other ways.  So, I have to deal with it immediately and calm myself down by removing myself from a situation when I feel the negative feelings coming on.  

This took me years to understand, because I repressed my anger that I did not think of myself as an angry person.  I also like lists and goals so as a young Christian in middle school and high school, I assumed I had to check off the lists of things and work hard at reading my Bible so I could be a good Christian.  It was not until my late twenties that I realized how this was untrue and God wanted a personal relationship with me.  I had heard the term “personal relationship” before but never realized until then just how personal the relationship would be.  He would become my best friend.

So, you might have gone through the same thing I did by not understanding how the whole Christian thing works.  

 “How  People  Grow” by Dr. Henry and Dr. Townsend explains what I am trying to say in more detail:

“When we live under the law, we are forever trying to appease God so he won’t be mad at us.  We can’t do this for very long without getting angry ourselves, either toward God for being so strict, or towards ourselves for failing (Romans 4:15)  When we finally understand that God isn’t mad at us anymore, we become free to concentrate on love and growth instead of trying to appease him.  It is one of the most liberating truths of the Bible.”

Liberating is a perfect word here.  Something switched in my head from knowing a distant God that I had studied for years to a friend that I had known for years.  James 4:8 states, “Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you.”

And if you click here https://www.openbible.info/topics/draw_near_to_me_and_i_will_help_you are other verses on this same topic!

We are not made to deal with life’s problems alone.  You never see anyone withdrawing from God and from people to have a good outcome.  No, we need both God and people to lean on as we go throughout life. We need acceptance and grace.

 “How People  Grow” by Dr. Henry and Dr. Townsend tell us this on acceptance:

“Acceptance builds trust and relationship.  Acceptance is a bridge to developing safe and growth-producing relations, both with God and with people.  We can’t grow unless we are sure that we are both known and loved.  Some people like us because they don’t know us, some know us, and therefore don’t like us. Relationship can’t occur unless both knowledge and love are present. Acceptance bridges this gap between being known and being loved.”

When we feel accepted, we can be ourselves and can rest that you can say exactly how you feel without being judged or misunderstood. This protection and mutual understanding in the relationship open the doors to be honest, vulnerable, and more connected.  This helps us to grow.

This is when you just need a friend to listen so you can talk out your problems and process everything with someone who cares.  That level of acceptance encourages you to have security, stability, and strength when you are facing challenging experiences in life.  Then you can pray together and give your concerns, worries, opinions to God.

One thing that I have learned to do is to ask God to show me what I need to see when I am going through a difficult time.  What do I need to see differently, how can I react the best way, what do I need to say to get the best results?

Lord, help us to accept others as you have accepted us.  Let us be in a place where we can grow with fellow Christians so we can experience you more.  Let us be able to pray for each other, prayers that heal our souls and bind up our wounds.  Amen.  

Have a blessed day in the Lord!  Remember, Jesus loves you!

Cat

References

Matthew Henry Commentary

Strong’s Greek Hebrew Dictionary

www.biblegateway.com

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