I have been observing a trend in todays set of believers, Christians. In my opinion, it is an un-scriptural and ungodly trend, something that is slowly eating into the fabric of believers. I wonder how it started, where it started from and where it is leading to.
PRAY FOR ME.
Three very simple words, a brotherly/sisterly call for help in prayers, these words mean no harm. But over and over again, I observe that our present day batch of Christians find it hard to say these words.
They find it hard to tell a fellow brother / sister to pray for them. They see their brethren in Church on Sunday or on some other day, see them in their immediate environment., but can’t just open their mouths and request for personal / group prayers.
If those we can see are kept out of prayer request circulation, how much more those at distant locations / other parts of the world. This makes me to ask: what are we all praying for if we aren’t praying for one another?
Soon, we hear that our brother / sister has died ‘suddenly’ and when the cat is let out of the bag, we hear, for example that he/she has been battling with a long term illness.
We ask ourselves: “where was I when he started this battle? he never told me anything, she never told me anything”.
Probing further for more information about his / her illness and why we didn’t hear anything; calculating times and dates, we discover that the last time we saw / spoke to him / her, some months back, even a year ago, he was actually battling the sickness, which wasn’t obvious, and himself never said anything. And those closest to him, those closest to her are all saying they didn’t know.
So the question is that why are the believers of today keeping their challenges to themselves? What is the whole point of fellowship (fellows in the same ship) when praying for each other isn’t part of the journey?
Why are the Christians of today dying briefly and getting buried hurriedly when the prayer of faith is supposed to save(heal) the sick? Isn’t it a fellow brother / sister in Christ that is supposed to pray the prayer of faith?
James 5:15 And the prayer of faith shall save the sick, and the Lord shall raise him up; and if he have committed sins, they shall be forgiven him.
When the Bible says that the prayer of Faith shall save the sick, the word ‘sick’ is all-inclusive, both for the non-Christian and the Christian. The prayer of faith of the Christian can heal non-Christian and the Christian.
Why are we good at praying for the sinner to get saved, to get healed and yet we cannot ask to be prayed for when we are sick ourselves?
How come we do well in devoting ourselves to the apostles doctrine, to the breaking of bread and not to praying for each other?
The body is like a machine and most times we ignorantly overuse and overpush it until it almost reaches its elastic limit. Some people can work for a whole year without thinking of taking a holiday. Feeling a little tired / sick is your body’s way of telling you that you need a doctor’s attention.
Q: Is it a sin to be sick?
Q: Is it a shame to be sick?
Q: Is there any humility in suffering in silence until death takes you from the world?
Q: Is there any shame in being prayed for?
Q: Has God stopped healing the sick?
And what if its not a health condition?
I have observed that believers are open to request for prayers for non-health situations, for example:
– a challenge with a difficult colleague / boss at work
– launching out into a new endeavor / business
– choice of education, career,
– buying a new house, car,
– etc, etc.,
but when it comes to a health challenge, these same people keep it a secret. So I’m wondering: shouldn’t the reverse be the case? Isn’t it better to be open about health condition challenges than other ephemeral things of life?
So please help me with an explanation, in your own opinion: why do believers fail when its time for them to say: PRAY FOR ME.