“For I know that through your prayers and the help of the Spirit of Jesus Christ this will turn out for my deliverance.”- Philippians 1:19
Earlier in this chapter we read about Paul saying that the Gospel is being spread because of the suffering he has endured. He is writing this letter from prison, and ended verse 18 with “Yes, and I will rejoice.” Paul rejoiced because his imprisonment has led to a further spread of the Gospel.
We are human and suffering have the very real potential to wear us down physically, emotionally, and spiritually. Paul is asking his readers to pray for him so that he may have strength to endure what is going on. How often are we praying for our needs, and not those of others? It may not be intentional, but if you are like me it is something that is a regular occurrence. If someone asks you to pray for them lets make a commitment to do something revolutionary. Pray for them right then and there. Then resolve to write down their names so you will remember to pray for them. Prayer is vital, and is how we communicate with God. Why do we treat it like something we do if we have five extra seconds in the day?