Because I was “One”
There are many reasons to “Pray for One”.
First, and foremost, Jesus told us to go to every nation and make disciples. We need to pray that God would show us our “one”, wherever and whomever he or she might be.
Secondly, we “Pray for One” because we see those around us who appear to be outside of Christ. When the apostle Paul was imprisoned, he was surrounded by Roman authorities who were most certainly pagan in belief and practice. During this time, in His letter to the churches of Colossae, Paul wrote “And pray for us, too, that God may open a door for our message, so that we may proclaim the mystery of Christ, for which I am in chains. Pray that I may proclaim it clearly, as I should. (Colossians 4:3-4)
And then, here is a third and very personal reason we “Pray for One”: At one time we were someone’s “one.”
If you were raised in a Christian home, you might be thinking, “Wait a minute. I was never lost. I have always been in church.” Yet, being raised in a church building, or even in a Christian home doesn’t make one a Christian. In fact, if you were raised in a Christian home, there is a good chance your parents prayed for your salvation. You were one of their “ones”. I believe in my case, even my Sunday School teachers prayed for my salvation! I was their “one”. If I understand the Bible correctly, even though I was raised by Christians parents and taught by Christian teachers in a Christian church, if I had not answered the call of Christ myself I would be lost today.
I return to my statement, ‘At one time we were all someone’s “one”.’ Perhaps you rebelled against your Christian upbringing, or you were brought up without the Lord in your life. Looking back, you might think you were living so far away from God you couldn’t possibly have been anyone’s “one”. This may be true, but if you are in Christ now, it is possible you were indeed someone’s “one”. What led you to Christ? A friend who reached out in a time of need? A co-worker who talked you through a crisis? A book that helped you understand God’s grace? Did you know when Christian authors sit down to write they pray for God to use their work to lead others to Christ? Were you aware people who translate, produce and sell or give away Bibles pray the Words inside will show someone the way to salvation?
When we came to Jesus, it is possible someone in our lives said, “I have been praying for you.” If they did, it might not have occurred to us what they meant. They were likely praying for our salvation and asking God to help them do and say the right things.
My point is, we probably didn’t come to Christ apart from someone who was praying for their “one”. It wasn’t because we are so smart we figured everything out ourselves, or so good following Jesus was the natural thing to do. Someone was praying.
This is why I “Pray for One”. My prayer for my “one” makes me aware of the people God is sending into my life and reminds me to be ready for them. I am so thankful others prayed for me.
I’m pretty sure they still do.