The Scriptures have many prayer requests directed to us by our Heavenly Father and His Son which we need to remember them. As we are reading the Bible we should know these requests and pray about them. Sometimes it is stated this way; talk to God about the requests. We should let our requests, our concerns and our desires on the topics be known to God in Jesus’ name (Philippians 4:6, John 16:23), but somehow the requests are forgotten or we neglect them. In Psalm 122:6, God says through David, “Pray for the peace of Jerusalem.” We should pray for a resolution of the conflict in the Middle East. If Jerusalem were to fail, then the Bible would come into question and the God of the Hebrew people would also come into question. In I Timothy 2:1-4, Paul says, through the Holy Spirit, to pray for all men, “for kings, and all that are in authority.” This prayer request would maintain peace and tranquility so that the spreading of the Gospel can go forward quickly for the saving of souls and the advancement of the Kingdom of God. We must pray so that the Gospel be not hindered, and people “…come unto the knowledge of the truth.” In Matthew 5:44 Jesus said, “…pray for them which despitefully use you and persecute you.” We must pray for our enemies, those persecuting the church people and their families today. In Matthew 9:37-38, Jesus said, “The harvest truly is plenteous, but the labourers are few; Pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he will send forth labourers into his harvest.” The true labourer seems few and some are unconcerned for the lost ones. As Jesus said in John 4:35, “Say not ye, there are yet four months and then cometh harvest?” In James 5:16, God says through James that we “…pray one for another, that ye may be healed.” This is a very loving act of concern for each other. We are instructed in the Scriptures to “Pray without ceasing”, (I Thessalonians 5:17). God forbid that we should pray about everything except what the Father has commanded us to remember.
Pastor Ed Lewin