“Brethren, pray for us” (1 Thessalonians 5:25)
Whenever you meet the servants of God, you request them to pray for you. You place all your burdens on them and say, Sir, it is your prayer which should deliver us. The Scripture says that the effective, fervent prayer of a religious man avails much. Is it not?" You also come forward to share all your sadness and struggles of your life with them open heartedly.
At the same time, you should not forget one thing. You too have to pray for the servants of God. They are also human beings like you. Is it not? Your prayer is essential to them. They will be protected by your prayers.
Peter was a powerful preacher indeed. Yes, indeed He gained three thousand souls for God in one sermon. Indeed it is he who held the hands of a man lame from his mother’s womb, lifted him and brought the divine healing into him.
But he too was in need of prayer at one time. Once, King Herod had imprisoned Peter and was waiting to kill him after the Feast of Unleavened Bread is over. The Scripture says “Peter was therefore kept in prison, but constant prayer was offered to God for him by the church” (Acts 12:5). How powerful that prayer had been! It was that prayer which brought the angel to that place. It broke the chain with which the hands of Peter had been tied. Not only that. It brought him to the house where they had been praying for him. Peter was protected by that prayer and this paved the way for the revival to continue.
That is why, with all humbleness, Peter requests the believers saying, “Peter was therefore kept in prison, but constant prayer was offered to God for him by the church” (Acts 12:5). “Continue earnestly in prayer,…..that God would open to us a door for the word” (Colossians 4:2, 3).
Satan resists the Scripture and the spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places fight against the Scripture ministry. The principalities and powers in the heavenly places fight to shut the doors of grace. With prayer alone, these things could be won over.
For the servants of God to carry out the Gospel ministry powerfully, they require power in their words. They need the gifts of the Spirit. God-given wisdom is required for them to proclaim the Gospel with liberty. Not only that. To preach among the people of different languages, the knowledge of speaking in tongue is also essential. Dear children of God, is it not a necessity for you to pray for this?
To meditate: “Pray for us; for we are confident that we have a good conscience, in all things desiring to live honorably” (Hebrews 13:18).