I have always been around people giving prayer requests and we even do them with CAST when we meet. I thought about when someone gives that kind of information to a group of people, what is the responsibility of the listeners and what we do, or dont do, with that information? That is why I came up with the 3 rules of prayer requests and here they are.
1. You have valuable information; so treat it that way.
James 5:16 – confess your faults…that you may be healed.
You need to remember that when someone asks you to pray for them that is valuable information that is not treated or taken lightly. You are petitioning heaven for someone and we need to remember that although prayer is just a conversation with God, its an important one and needs to be treated that way.
2. Pray if you say you will
Phillipians 4:6 – in everything, let your requests be made known to God
One of the greatest sins of the church body is people who say they will pray for someone and dont. You need to realize that the person who entrusted you with prayer is expecting that their needs are going to be lifted up by you.
3. Expectation in prayer is not getting what you want, but knowing that God heard your prayer
1 Peter 3:12 – the eyes of the Lord are over the righteous, his ears are open to their prayers
We get mixed up in what we know or think that expectation in prayer is. It is really knowing that God hears us when we speak and that we need to live our lives to the best of our spiritual ability in a way that honors him even if we dont get what we want. Our service to God is not conditional on what we get or dont get from him and that includes our prayers.