7. Pray for One Another
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Perhaps one of the greatest “one another” commands is the charge to pray for one another (James 5:16). Like love, prayer for others motivates and enables us to practice many of the other commands.
For example, as we encourage others, we can pray they will be strengthened and comforted. As we teach others, we pray their minds will be enlightened and their hearts changed. As we serve others, we might pray their needs will be met in abundance and that they will glorify God.
James tells us to confess our faults to one another (James 5:16). When we do, we’ll begin to understand ways we can pray more constructively for each other. As we understand deeper heart needs and roots of sin, we can pray for spiritual change and healing. Our prayers, James says, will be “powerful and effective.”
Paul prayed some potent prayers for the church that we might want to pray for one another. (Read Ephesians 1:17-18; Ephesians 3:16-19; Philippians 1:9-12; 1 Thessalonians 3:12-13; 2 Thessalonians 1:11-12; and 2 Thessalonians 3:5.)
Some of the things we might pray for each other include spiritual growth, power in ministry, a greater knowledge of the Lord, and praise and glory to God. To better reveal the power of Jesus to the world, consider strengthening your “one another” prayers.
Six “One Anothers” to Avoid!
The positive “one anothers” build our relationships and bring glory to God; but the Bible also commands Christ-followers to avoid some ugly “one anothers.” When people see us living out these negative attitudes and behaviors, they have every reason to question whether we are following Jesus.
Paul says, do not lie to one another (Colossians 3:9), stop passing judgment on one another (Romans 14:13; James 4:12), don’t bite or devour each other (Galatians 5:15), don’t provoke or envy one another (Galatians 5:26), don’t slander one another (James 4:11), and don’t grumble against each other (James 5:9).
Unfortunately, those are some blatantly sinful attitudes and behaviors in the body of Christ today. But if we truly love—obeying the “one another” commands—people will more likely see the reality of who Jesus is, and perhaps they will desire to be His disciples, too.
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