If you know me, you know how much I value prayer. I could write a book about prayer. I have prayer books. And notebooks. And notecards. Ask my kiddos – I send up short little arrow prayers constantly! There are so many verses in the Bible about prayer, but one of my favorites is in Revelation.
I love what this illustrates about our prayers being before God. I don’t pretend to understand all of the book of Revelation, but I love to visualize this verse when I pray. We have a real God to pray to, and he doesn’t just collect prayers and put them in a box for storage. They go before Him!
One thing I’ve learned this year in regards to prayer is the importance and power of prayer partners. Now I do think it’s good to have a whole circle of people around you to pray for and with you. Honestly, I have a long list of people I text when I need prayer, and I am very grateful for the time we get to share our prayer requests in church. The more people praying for you, the better!
But there is something powerful and special about a small, close group of people who you know will stop and pray for you immediately, no matter what is going on.
Ezekiel 22:30 says, “So I sought for a man among them who would make a wall, and stand in the gap before Me on behalf of the land, that I should not destroy it; but I found no one.”
I love that language of “stand in the gap”. It’s another visual for prayer. And to have people who are ready and armed with the Armor of God and prepared to do spiritual battle for you – to stand in the gap for you– is a precious, precious gift.
I’m so blessed to have a few of these people in my life. My husband, my parents, my sister Sarah, and my dear friend Suzanne. I know that anytime I call upon one of these people for prayer, not only will they say a prayer, they will earnestly seek God and intercede on my behalf. This is huge! I can’t tell you the number of times in the last several weeks I have been strengthened – like, physically felt stronger – because I knew that one of these people was praying for me in that moment.
I remember hearing a wise woman once say, don’t tell someone you’re praying for them if you’re not. That sounds harsh. But I really took it to heart. How often do we say “I’ll pray for you” or “I’m praying for you today” when we really aren’t? Or maybe we intend to, but we get busy and we don’t get around to it? In recent years, I’ve really made it a point to only say that when I can legitimately stop what I’m doing to pray in that exact moment.
And that is what these people do for me.
God’s Word tells us, “Again I say to you that if two of you agree on earth concerning anything that they ask, it will be done for them by My Father in heaven” (Matthew 18:19).
There is power in prayer, and there is power in praying with another believer.
Find these people in your life, and be this person in someone’s life! It really will make a difference.