Then I came to them of the captivity at Telabib, that dwelt by the river of Chebar, and I sat where they sat, and remained there astonished among them seven days.
Ezekiel said, I sat where they sat. Today we might say, “Been there, done that.” So when someone requests prayer, we should pray for them in the same manner as we would have them pray for us.
At the onset of the Book of Colossians Paul told the people that he prayed always for them.
We give thanks to God and the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, praying always for you.
In the last chapter, Paul requested they pray for him.
Continue in prayer, and watch in the same with thanksgiving; Withal praying also for us, that God would open unto us a door of utterance, to speak the mystery of Christ, for which I am also in bonds:
Additionally, in his epistle to the Thessalonian believers, Paul states that he makes mention of them in his prayers.
We give thanks to God always for you all, making mention of you in our prayers;
Before closing his correspondence Paul writes: Brethren, pray for us.
This request is not the greater asking the lesser for their help in prayer, because Paul had no such superior attitude. As far as he was concerned, he was simply a believer, nothing more, nothing less. In fact, Paul referred to himself as one…who am less than the least of all saints…
Therefore, when I ask for prayer support, I ask from any and all of God’s people. Why? Someone that I choose not to ask…just might be the very one who can get a prayer through.
James told the saints scattered abroad…pray one for another… And we should!
When I ask for prayer my favorite thought is what Paul said in Colossians 1:9-14.
For this cause we also, since the day we heard it, do not cease to pray for you, and to desire that ye might be filled with the knowledge of his will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding; That ye might walk worthy of the Lord unto all pleasing, being fruitful in every good work, and increasing in the knowledge of God; Strengthened with all might, according to his glorious power, unto all patience and longsuffering with joyfulness; Giving thanks unto the Father, which hath made us meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light: Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son: In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins:
Please pray that for me. And likewise, I will pray for you.