Monday, April 6 – Who…Ask Others To Pray For You 

Are any among you sick? They should call for the elders of the church and have them pray over them, anointing them with oil in the name of the Lord. —James 5:14

When I was diagnosed with breast cancer almost 10 years ago, it was really hard to be vulnerable and ask for help. I have always been a “do it myself” kind of girl. But with a long journey ahead of me, I knew I was going to need lots of prayers. Knowing my weakness, my husband sent a prayer request out on my behalf to all our friends, family and church community.

During those months of tests and treatment, everyone prayed and God transformed my heart. I not only felt the power of prayer working in my life, I began to see that requesting prayers was less about asking for help and more about strengthening the body of Christ and allowing everyone to walk the journey intimately alongside me. I didn’t feel quite so alone. My experience had now become bigger than myself and more about sharing God’s healing power, his timely answers, his comfort, his peace and his faithfulness with everyone who prayed. He didn’t just heal me, he revealed his glory and power to the thousands that prayed.

I still have friends and family tell me what a privilege and blessing it was for them to share my journey through prayer. When you have an opportunity to ask for prayers, remember what you’re really doing is inviting others to align their hearts to God’s will, strengthen their relationship with the Lord and build the bond of believers.

By Kathy Carlson
Congregation Member