Bible Q&A Summary:
- Can Christians Ask For Prayers?
- What Day Should We Keep As The Sabbath?
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Bible Question and Answer
Can Christians Ask For Prayers?
Question: Hello.. Is it okay to ask for prayers from people when in crisis like if you have a major medical problem or even in a personal crisis no one else might not understand?
Name: Brandon T. Ward
Answer: Thank you for the question Karen.
Turn your Bible with me too,
3 John 1:2
2 “Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth.”
“Wish” is Strong’s word G2172 and it means “pray“. So we can see John himself, one of the Twelve Apostles, prayed for others, so they could prosper and be in good health. Paul himself would ask for prayers in 2 Thessalonians 3:1 as well which is a fantastic example for us.
16 “Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.”
Never forget, Christians are a part of the body of Christ. We are supposed to build each other up and ‘pray for each other‘. When we do, ensure that you pray for our Father’s Will to be done and always pray in the name of Jesus Christ, (1 John 5:14, John 14:13, Colossians 3:17).
Let me ask, how healthy is the body if the arms are broken?
Naturally, we want the entire body to be healthy so we can be happy. The same can be said for the many-membered body of Christ. We are to “bear ye one another’s burdens,” being a part of that same spiritual body we need to ensure we are there for our fellow brothers and sisters in Christ, (Galatians 6:2).
We do this by letting our “requests be made known unto God,” (Philippians 4:6). God knows our heart, and “your Father knoweth what things ye have need of, before ye ask Him“, (Matthew 6:8). However, He wants to see you do your part as He has instructed in the Bible. He wants you to take action and I feel this goes right in line with Isaiah 43:26.
One more verse.
1 Timothy 2:1
1 “I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men;”
We are to pray for those around us.
As a matter of fact, I receive emails regularly from readers explaining, they not only pray for us here at World Events and the Bible, but they also pray for every one of our readers as well.
I love it and appreciate it, more importantly, so does our Heavenly Father.
What Day Should We Keep As The Sabbath?
Question: What day is the true sabbath meant for all believers to keep?
Name: Brandon T. Ward
Answer: Reynold, thank you for the question.
There is really no way to document that with 100% certainty. Remember, for thousands of years the accounts of old were passed down via word of mouth until Moses penned the great book of Genesis. So it is impossible to know with certainty which day God took His rest on, I speak of the seventh day of creation as Genesis 2:2 explains.
I do want to talk about the Sabbath though, please turn your Bible with me too,
23 “And it came to pass, that he went through the corn fields on the sabbath day; and his disciples began, as they went, to pluck the ears of corn.”
Now Christ’s ol pals the Pharisees are going to have something to say about this. Before the time of Christ, it was unlawful to work on the Sabbath day.
24 “And the Pharisees said unto him, Behold, why do they on the sabbath day that which is not lawful?”
25 “And he said unto them, Have ye never read what David did, when he had need, and was an hungred, he, and they that were with him?”
26 “How he went into the house of God in the days of Abiathar the high priest, and did eat the shewbread, which is not lawful to eat but for the priests, and gave also to them which were with him?”
27 “And he said unto them, The sabbath was made for man, and not man for the sabbath:”
Man was not made for the Sabbath, but the Sabbath was made for us.
To provide us with a day of much-needed rest. The idea here is God gave us a day where we could cease from our work. We are not in bondage to the Sabbath day, it is there for us. Always remember that.
28 “Therefore the Son of man is Lord also of the sabbath.”
Christ is our Sabbath, He is our rest and we should take our rest in Him each and every day.
What does that mean?
It means we should reach out to our Father in prayer, open that line of communication daily. It means we should study His Word more than once a week for a single hour on a single day.
We have a few past Bible Q&As on this subject that go in depth on the subject. I have linked them below, please reference them as they will help you understand more about the Sabbath.
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