February 2016 – Rise and Shine

Early Morning Prayer & Praise

Edition: February 2016

Co-ordinator: Lola & Min Althea

Topic: Brethren Pray for Us

Key Scripture: 1 Thessalonians 5:25

Sub scriptures: 1 Thessalonians 5:11-14, 2 Thessalonians 3:1, Zachariah 3:10, Psalms 120

The ‘Right Message’ given at the appropriate time is considered or viewed in same respect as handling a ‘Master Key’ to all doors.

Overview of Message

Brethren Pray for Us’ can be viewed as an appealing word given to receivers of the message to carry out an action on behalf of the senders for prompt or continuous reply to request.

Within the message are key words that has to be carefully considered and actioned upon with the knowledge of what Christ taught during his ministry on earth stating ‘Love your neighbour as yourself’ and in doing so requires the ‘effectual fervent prayer’ to God on behalf of those considered as neighbour.

In this scripture, Brethren’ – which is the first key word can be attributed to neighbour which Christ talks about in Zachariah 3:10 ‘In that day, sayth the Lord of hosts, shall ye call every man his neighbour under the vine and under the fig tree’. The neighbour uses an adjective that is classed with ‘high regard within the body of Christ – Brethren’ to ask for a favour from another knowing the power behind the action that can be taken on his/her behalf.

That Power is Pray(er) which is the second key word. Understanding the authority that comes with prayer, request is made from one or more brethren to another in earnest to use the weapon of prayer in sustaining him/her on the journey.

(To find out more about prayer, need or have a request, leave a message on our Prayer Request page under Prayer Ministry)

The third key word is the use of the pronoun – ‘Us’. The use of the word emphasises that there are more than one person requesting for prayer.

Brining the three key words together, we are encouraged by Apostle Paul even before praying for one another to carry out certain actions stated in 1 Thess 5:11-14 such as:

  • Comfort, support one another
  • Edify one another
  • Admonish one another
  • Esteem highly in Love
  • Peace with one another
  • Discipline the unruly
  • Patient towards all men

In doing all of the above, we are of the assurance that the prayers that are rendered in one accord will truly be accepted.

Conclusion

The word of God states ‘Where two or more are gathered in my name, there I am’. This is the confidence that members of Christ has that when brethren come together and pray, something mighty happens on behalf of the request.

Hence, we are encouraged just like Apostle Paul who request that prayers be made on his and fellow brethren behalf to always ask that the church keeps them in prayer.

We encourage you reading to take an action of faith in requesting that prayers be made on your behalf as you also pray for others knowing that God hears and sees the intent of the heart.

Ask and it shall be Given. Amen.

Written by: Lola Adeyi