Power in Prayer Lists and Stretcher Bearers

Prayer%20ListMy prayer lists grow daily. Requests from friends or family, my work setting, Bible study groups, and accountability partners.

Many of these hearts’ desires go to groups of people. So, I wonder, Will my prayer among many make a difference? Will it be missed since surely others will circle these individuals in prayer? I thought not and grew lax in covering my lists until …

I ran across a story in Mark 2. In the opening text, four men carry a paralytic friend on a stretcher to a home in Capernaum where Jesus is teaching. They probably heard about his healing touch and hoped for a miracle for their friend.

Finding the home crowded wall-to-wall with followers, the four hoist the stretcher to the roof. Determined to get their paralytic friend in front of Jesus, they dig through mud and straw and lower the stretcher to his feet. Seeing the friends’ faith, Jesus heals the man.

Please note, the friends’ faith is what moved Jesus, not the paralytic’s.

Our prayers, united across time or miles, are the stretchers that carry another to the feet of Jesus.

Ah, yes, but couldn’t less than four men accomplish the task as well?  Couldn’t they walk the dead weight of their paralytic friend up stairs to a roof and then lower him to Jesus?

Perhaps, but less easily, for sure. The power was in their united effort. Prayer gains power when individual faiths work together as one.

Solomon reasoned, “Two people are better off than one … If one person falls down, the other can reach out and help … Three are even better, for a triple-braided cord in not easily broken.” (Ecclesiastes 4:9-10, 12, NLT)  So, imagine what power four or more stretcher-bearing friends can produce when they  carry another to Jesus.

Has a friend or acquaintance ask you to pray for a decision or circumstance they face? Add them to your prayer list. Join the prayer circle and carry them to Christ. Make a difference.

I urge you, first of all, to pray for all people. Ask God to help them, intercede on their behalf, and give thanks for them. (1 Timothy 2:1, NLT)

©2013 Gloria Ashby. Feel free to forward this devotion in its entirety, including this copyright line. Leave comments, ask questions, read past devotions, or subscribe to receive these devotions daily in your e-mail.

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About Gloria Ashby

I'm a writer, speaker and teacher. I live with my husband in the DFW area, and close to our daughter and her family.
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4 Responses to Power in Prayer Lists and Stretcher Bearers

  1. Danie Marie says:

    Oh, the power of prayer, the faith of friends and that of ourselves. And God’s grace to answer in His perfect time. Every week we have a long list from our church prayer chain, which I’m on. Sometimes I get to it a few days late, and only lift the situation up to Him one time, but our God is infinite, and seeing that it only takes the faith of a grain of mustard seed, we can trust Him to answer. Thanks for sharing and encouraging Gloria!

    Love ~ Danie

  2. jz7dp8 says:

    Wow- very powerful testimony to the power of our cumulative faith interceding on behalf of others.
    Thank you, Gloria

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