I see social media posts often asking for prayer. Every time I see one, I like it and quietly ask the Lord to minister in that moment.
Prayer requests are interesting opportunities..... in some ways they are dangerous.
Our senior Pastor at Briarwood, Harry Reeder, alluded to this in a sermon comment lately. "You can pray for humility, but then you better duck".
I always struggle in sharing prayer requests. I tend to be personally private (hard to believe that when you see all of my blog posts. But they tend to be universal and public... not often deep and personal). I also have a hard time sharing about my needs when I see so many hurting and difficult situations around me.
It is analogous to me asking for prayer for the blister on my thumb while my neighbor is sorting through the rubble of a burned up home.
I also hesitate to share prayer requests because they can sometimes turn into gossip sessions. I want to caution all of us to keep prayer groups in STRICT confidence. Leave them at the throne of God and do not carry them out of the prayer closet.
So I have a prayer request.... and it is not general at all, it is very personal.
I had the beginning of this prayer spoken over a group of my colleagues and me when we recently met with a head of school in Johannesburg, South Africa. It was a beautiful prayer... the preamble to Colossians 1:9... hearing it in his accent was a special moment. BTW- I am NOT going to South Africa, please don't start those rumors LOL.
So I am asking for prayer.... I really need it.. thank you!
Colossians 1:9-14 (ESV)
And so, from the day we heard, we have not ceased to pray for you: This is my prayer request...
asking that you may be filled with the knowledge of his will - I really need to see His plan- not mine
in all spiritual wisdom and understanding- making decisions on spiritual metrics not worldly ones
so as to walk in a manner worthy of the Lord- this is important- I need to carry myself in a way that honors HIM
fully pleasing to him- I do not want to be living according to a system- I want to it to be a relationship
bearing fruit in every good work- accomplishing things for a reason- the glory of God and good of others
and increasing in the knowledge of God- not knowledge about Him- I want to KNOW HIM
being strengthened with all power- my human energy runs out way too soon
according to his glorious might- supernatural radiance and power
for all endurance and patience with joy- God is hard to wait on. He is never late but seldom early
giving thanks to the Father- I will praise Him and cling to Him and thank Him NO MATTER WHAT
who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of the saints in light- I am already qualified for His work
and this section ends with a beautiful testimony- so true of me
He has delivered ME from the domain of darkness and transferred ME to the kingdom of his beloved Son, in whom I have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.
In the end that is all that matters.... will you take time to pray that for me today?
And my prayer is that it will return double for you.