23 As for me, far be it from me that I should sin against the LORD by failing to pray for you. And I will teach you the way that is good and right. (1 Samuel 12:23 NIV)
Oswald Chambers once wrote, “Prayer does not equip us for the greater work, Prayer is the greater work.” We can never go wrong by choosing to pray about any and all situations we face in life. When we are sick we must first pray. When we face trials in our marriages or in raising our children we must pray. When we lose our job we are to go first to God before we go looking for another job. When the enemy comes against us with our sin and tries to sow seeds of doubt concerning God’s love for us we must take our doubts to God. No greater advice has ever been given than what the Apostle Paul offered to the people living in Thessalonia…“pray without ceasing.” (1 Thessalonians 5:17 NIV)
Most of us don’t find it too hard to pray for ourselves or for those we love, but Samuel helps us remember how important it is to pray for others. His words in 1 Samuel 12:23 do more than encourage us to pray, or urge us to pray, they make it very clear that to fail to pray for others is nothing short of sin. It is God’s will that we pray for one another, so to fail to pray means that we are out of the will of God, or in other words, we are sinning.
We desperately need one another. Not just to hang out with one another, see one another at birthday parties, school functions, church events, or in Bible study, but we need the prayers of one another. I need your prayers and you need my prayers. For that to happen we must make time to pray. “Far be it from me that I should sin against the LORD by failing to pray for you…”
1 Samuel 12:23