16 Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective.
I am quick to offer prayer. I will jump to be the first to say “Praise the Lord” at your good news. I am getting better at remembering to praise God first when I experience His Blessings. I keep my own needs to myself. Sometimes, if a friend senses a need and says they are going to pray for me, I feel guilty that they are wasting their precious prayers on me instead of a more worthy cause. Maybe I don’t ask for prayers because I know prayers bring answers and answers bring change and change brings fear.
Who am I to say my private prayers are enough?
Who am I to hide my sins, shortcomings, and needs as if I have none?
It doesn’t glorify God for me to pray for others while giving off the appearance that you may need prayer but I have my stuff under control.
First I need to be more diligent in praying for others. I need to pray for those outside of my circle of friends. I need to forgive and pray for those who have hurt me. I need to pray for those too proud to ask for prayers, which requires me to be observant and attentive. I also need to stop apologizing when I need to request prayers.
Contrary to my behaviors, I do not believe that “I’ve got this”. I don’t. Not even remotely. I need You. Help me to stop comparing my sins, needs, hurts or losses to everyone else’s. Help me to be a better friend and a better listener. Help me to stop and pray for those I feel are against me instead of complaining about them. Help me to let go of my pride, or my fear, or whatever it is that makes me hesitate to reach out to other’s for assistance or prayers. I may be preventing them from doing work You have asked them to do.