Members of my set in the Secondary School have been contacting one another very actively lately. This we do through emails, text messages, telephone calls, home visits etc., and I am very excited that we are a lot closer these days, than ever before.
In a recent email authored by one of us, a brilliant Psychiatrist based in UK, an advice for us to pray for one another was given, and I agree with him 100%, because it is the right thing to do, and because I am a beneficiary of such activity on many occasions in the past. I am happy to share one of them with you today.
Shortly after I arrived UK in 2003, I discovered that settling down wouldn’t be as easy as I thought initially. This was due in part to the harsh wintry weather condition, unfamiliar foods I had to eat, the way things are done, etc., all of which were alien to me. I was also very lonely, and I toyed with the idea of going back to Nigeria, but I plodded on all the same. Then, one Saturday morning, while reading in our local library, I was prompted in the spirit to pray for a certain man seating not too far from me. He is of the Arab/Islamic extraction, and I have never met him prior to that time. Anyway, I prayed for divine intervention in his life, family, health, finances, examinations, immigration status, etc.
To my surprise, he came over to me after a bit, shook hands with me, and introduced himself as a Medical Doctor reading for the same examination that I was preparing for. He later told me that he had been watching me, and praying for me for some time, and that he had been led to help me settle down quickly. I am very happy to say that he helped me well beyond my dream. God also answered our prayers such that we recorded many spectacular successes together.
I later sought spiritual explanations for all that transpired between my friend and I, and the following bible passages came to my rescue.
1. James 5:16: ‘’…pray for one another that you may be healed…’’. I concluded from this passage that healing is one of the benefits of reciprocal prayer, and I was dead right for God healed me from a health scare during that period. He also helped my friend to overcome his.
2. Job 42:10: ‘’And the Lord restored Job’s losses when he prayed for his friends…’’. This passage shows that restoration is one of the benefits of praying for other people. And God proved this to be true by restoring our confidence back to us, and we went on to pass our examinations in good time. God also restored back to us our residence permit, which was being threatened by forces higher than us at that time. In addition, He guided us to how we were able to settle our immigration status very quickly and permanently.
3. Galatians 6:7: ‘’…whatever a man sows, that he will also reap’’. My friend sowed prayers into my life, and I sowed same back into his. Also, we sowed prayers into several people’s lives, and several people globally prayed for us in return. No wonder we recorded lots of mind-blowing blessings between us.
From all above, it is evident that reciprocal prayers and successes are interwoven. Friend, are you interested in receiving extra blessings from God? If you are then, inculcate the art of praying for other people into your lifestyle henceforth, and I am confident that God will reward you beyond your comprehension (Proverbs 11:25), in Jesus name. Amen.
Jesus is Lord!
Dr Adedayo Stoney Adegbulu (Dr Stoney)
Ellesmere Port, UK.
Dr Stoney is the author of About God! Undeniable Facts & Testimonies