The Responsibility of Prayer

“…far be it from me that I should sin against the LORD by failing to pray for you…” (1 Samuel 12:23).

The prophet Samuel certainly viewed prayerlessness as a sin. When he confronted the people of Israel with their sin of rejecting the leadership of God by wanting a king, they cried out under conviction, “Please pray for us.” His response is compelling for us today: “As for me, far be it from me that I sin against God by failing to pray for you” (1Sam.12:23). Samuel’s responsibility as a leader of the Lord’s people required that he shepherd them through prayer. Failing to do so was sin for him.

Is it not so for Christians today as we consider those whom God has placed around us, either in close relationship, or as those for whom we are responsible? Pastors and church leaders must take seriously the call to pray for their flocks. Fathers and mothers must pray for their children. Children must be taught to pray for their siblings as well as their friends. Christian employers must be challenged to pray for their employees. Church members must pray for others in their congregation. “Pray for one another.”

–Taken from the article, The Sin of Prayerlessness by Dave Butts.  (Click on the title to read the entire article).

Lord, each day I am compelled by the love of Christ to pray for my family, my pastor, leaders, and others You have placed upon my heart.  Yet, there are times when I fail to draw near to You on their behalf.  Forgive me for my prayerless moments, and give me a fresh resolve to be faithful in prayer; to stand in the gap on behalf of those You have entrusted to the cries of my heart.

Prayer Points
In your heart sing to the Lord, your strength and song; praise the one who has become your salvation. Give thanks that with joy you can draw water from the wells of salvation (Isa. 12:2-3). Confess that your worship is sometimes lacking because you don’t always remember the greatness of your salvation. Commit yourself to worshiping and singing with your whole heart; ask God to make you awake and alive to the power of his Word and the joy of music.

Pray for families with young children and teenagers, that the children may feel a sense of participation in worship this week and of belonging to the body of Christ.

–Prayer Points taken from Patterns for Prayer by Alvin VanderGriend  (Click on the blue title for more information about this resource).