Vital Concern is a web application that facilitates sharing of prayer requests and other information among groups of disciples of Jesus Christ. Vital Concern exists to encourage and support Christians in asking, seeking, and knocking. Here are three reasons why this is important.
(1) God places no limits on His blessings for those who seek only His will. Knowing the goodness and power of God, who would not want to receive His gifts?
Consider these promises to those who align themselves with His purposes in faith. Please read them slowly and carefully.
Delight yourself in the LORD and he will give you the desires of your heart.
Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.
If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be given to you.
I tell you the truth, anyone who has faith in me will do what I have been doing. He will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father. And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Son may bring glory to the Father. You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will
If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him!
For everyone who asks receives; he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks, the door will be opened.
Then Jesus told his disciples a parable to show them that they should always pray and not give up...."And will
not God bring about justice for his chosen ones, who cry out to him day and
night? Will he keep putting them off?
I tell you, he will see that they get
justice, and quickly. However, when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith
on the earth?"
Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.
(2) God wills that the body of Christ be tightly and intimately connected, with sincere love and honor for every part.
These passages describe how the church, the body of Christ, is unified, is communicative, and is in sympathetic accord.
I Corinthians 12:12, 26
The body is a unit, though it is made up of many parts....If one part suffers, every part suffers with it; if one part is honored, every part rejoices with it.
In Christ, we who are many form one body, and each member belongs to all the others.
From him the whole body, joined and held together by every supporting ligament, grows and builds itself up in love, as each part does its work.
Make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and purpose. consider others better than yourselves. look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others.
Be devoted to one another in brotherly love. Honor one another above yourselves.
I Corinthians 1:10
I appeal to you, brothers, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you agree with one another so that there may be no divisions among you and that you may be perfectly united in mind and thought.
I Peter 3:8
Be sympathetic, love as brothers, be compassionate and humble.
I John 4:12
If we love one another, God lives in us.
(3) God wills that we pray unceasingly for Christians and others, both in the local church and around the world.
Prayer for one another and for the cause of Christ seems as important to the spiritual body as breathing is important to the physical body.
Pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all
kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert, and always keep on praying for all the saints.
I Timothy 2:1
I urge, then, first of all, that requests, prayers, intercession, and thanksgiving be made for everyone.
2 Timothy 1:3
...Night and day I constantly remember you in my prayers.
I Thessalonians 5:17
...pray for those who persecute you.