Last Sunday I mentioned I need your prayers. According to 1st Samuel 12, you need to do it!

Verse 23 addresses the responsibility of praying for people in our lives. “…far be it from me that I should sin against the Lord by ceasing to pray for you.”

I pray—that’s the privilege of relationship with God; enjoying His presence and learning to find great pleasure in prayer. Without that joy, commitment to prayer can sometimes feel like a chore. What an honor to be invited by the heavenly Father to participate in His work throughout the world simply by directing our thoughts and requests to God.

I pray for you—that’s the responsibility of prayer. We have not been tasked to pray for everyone everywhere without God’s direction. However, we each have circles of people for whom we take spiritual responsibility. Whether they know it or not, they depend on our intercession. This would include our immediate family, friends, work associates and the Church.

I cease to pray for you—that is the danger of prayerlessness. Many of us used to pray for people we no longer mention to God. What caused us to quit? Samuel had been rejected by the people who needed his prayers. But his devotion to God’s people was not conditional on their response.

Far be it from me to cease praying for you—this is the commitment to another’s soul. Samuel is not merely hoping he will pray or even asking God to help him pray; he is announcing to the people his intention of praying for them until the end of his life. He promises to intercede on their behalf.

Far be it from me to sin against the Lord by ceasing to pray for you—this is a holy burden. It is a personal matter between us and our heavenly Father. When we quit praying we not only withhold spiritual power from others, but also weaken ourselves. Most importantly, however, we sin against God. Whatsoever is not of faith is sin (Romans 14:23). We are God’s conduits here on earth.

Our prayers move the hand of God. Mark 11 states that prayers can move mountains. According to Revelation 5:8, the prayers of the saints are offered to Jesus in golden bowls. Ask God to help you build a prayer list and begin changing lives!