It started easy enough.
I texted one morning, asking if there were specific ways I could pray for her, and in return, she asked the same. It was a simple exchange of words.
But at that moment, I realized it was more than a simple swap.
Yes, tapping requests on the phone is simple enough, but we know the true power begins the moment we lift up the person in prayer⏤speaking their name, sharing their requests, and trusting God’s best for them.
Sometimes this kind of pairing happens organically, but when it doesn’t, intentionality is required. Both can lead to an authentic connection for God’s glory.
Benefits of Partnering in Prayer
- “Where two or three gather together as my followers, I am there among them.” Matthew 18:20
- We become more aware of what we’re praying for.
- We gain our partner’s perspective and godly wisdom.
- It helps us feel less anxious knowing we have at least one person praying specifically for us.
- We need each other! It’s no coincidence the disciples were sent out in pairs. In a world that is becoming increasingly hostile toward believers, we need to encourage, inspire, and speak words of life into one another.
- We become invested in each other’s Kingdom work.
What We May Want to Consider
- Set expectations from the get-go. Do you want to exchange requests daily, three times a week, or weekly?
- Partner with the intention of being paired for 1-3 months. This takes the “I-should”, “I-must” kind of pressure off the partnership, inviting joy and the sense of biblical community into the equation.
- We’ve all been there⏤you know where⏤the times we said we’d pray but forgot. Having it in a text format keeps her words before us, but taking a moment to pray right then and there is the best way to follow through with good intentions.
- Text the praying hand’s emoji to our partner after we pray, and every time we pray for her. It’s a quick, small signal, but one that’s sure to encourage.
Where to Find a Prayer Partner?
- Bible studies.
- Faith-based FB groups (I’m currently praying about starting a prayer partnership in our Facebook Group, Creative Pauses.
- Your neighborhood.
- Online communities, like Hope*Writers, Compel Training, etc.
Nothing tends more to cement the hearts of Christians than praying together.
— Charles Finney
It’s true we can’t be everything to everybody (nor should we try), but we can offer up everything needed on another’s behalf for God’s glory.
What’s the greatest benefit you’ve experienced from partnering with someone in prayer?
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