Luke 22:31 – 32
31 And the Lord said, Simon, Simon, behold, Satan hath desired to have you, that he may sift you as wheat:
32 But I have prayed for thee, that thy faith fail not: and when thou art converted, strengthen thy brethren.
We can pray the same prayer for each other that Jesus prayed for Simon. We are all under satanic attack and Satan wants to sift every believer as wheat. As brothers and sisters in the Lord we should pray for one another that our faith stays strong so that we can resist the devil and strengthen one another. Notice Jesus told Peter to strengthen his brethren.
Please remember that we are not on islands by ourselves. We are instructed by God to help one another. Prayer is just one avenue in which we help one another.
James 5:16 -20
16 Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.
17 Elias was a man subject to like passions as we are, and he prayed earnestly that it might not rain: and it rained not on the earth by the space of three years and six months.
18 And he prayed again, and the heaven gave rain, and the earth brought forth her fruit.
19 Brethren, if any of you do err from the truth, and one convert him;
20 Let him know, that he which converteth the sinner from the error of his way shall save a soul from death, and shall hide a multitude of sins.
We all should have somebody that we can go to with our struggles. It should be a person we can trust when we tell them our problems or our sins. This person should be somebody who can keep he secrets of your heart to themselves and be willing to pray for you.
Don't just ignore what is written in the Bible. Try to find that person. Better yet let the Holy Spirit guide you to a person. Pray about it and ask God who that person is for you. It is scriptural and beneficial that we find that person that we can confess to, or talk to, about our issues.
Pray for one another so that we can be healed. It is essential that we undergird one another in prayer so that our faith can be strong for healing. We know from scripture that if a person can believe then all things are possible. This includes every kind of healing that a person may need. Our prayers are mutually supportive. We should pray for one another so that we all our strengthened. We are not on islands by ourselves. I need your prayers just like you need the prayers of others.
Ephesians 1:16 – 23
16 Cease not to give thanks for you, making mention of you in my prayers;
17 That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give unto you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him:
18 The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that ye may know what is the hope of his calling, and what the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints,
19 And what is the exceeding greatness of his power to us-ward who believe, according to the working of his mighty power,
20 Which he wrought in Christ, when he raised him from the dead, and set him at his own right hand in the heavenly places,
21 Far above all principality, and power, and might, and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this world, but also in that which is to come:
22 And hath put all things under his feet, and gave him to be the head over all things to the church,
23 Which is his body, the fullness of him that filleth all in all.
It is evident from this scripture that our prayers for other believers can help deepen their understanding of God and the spiritual truths as set forth in the Bible. When we pray for other believers along this line we actually help enrich and enhance a person's life. You want to be of service to God? Spend some time praying for others, yourself, and situations that you become aware of.
Edward E. Hill