Why do we ask others to pray for us when we can pray for ourselves?
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Why do we ask others to pray for us when we can pray for ourselves?

A great question prompting a candid discussion about performative prayer, gossip, and the Biblical instruction to bear one another's burdens.

Q: My question has to do with the idea of asking others to pray for whatever. I follow several Christian social media groups, for example. I find myself overwhelmed by the requests for prayer, often for “Unspoken needs” as “God knows.” I have been dealing with a serious cancer for 5 years and I know the prayers of many have been pivotal.
On the other hand, I find myself wondering why we ask others to pray when we are able to pray for our concerns ourselves.

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