I used to wonder, once upon a time, if it really matters if I pray for other people or not. I mean, after all, wouldn’t God help them anyway, even without my prayers?
But the Bible says that prayers make a difference.
“And the prayer offered in faith will make the sick person well; the Lord will raise them up. If they have sinned, they will be forgiven. 16 Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.” (James 5:15-16)
The fact of the matter is that God, in His sovereignty, has chosen to allow prayers to affect the course of history. Many times prayers have saved lives and even nations from destruction (Exodus 32:10-11 for example).
So the least you can do as a Christian is to pray for those around you. It should be automatic for us to pray for our friends when bad things happen to them, even before they ask us to.
Our time is valuable, so let’s spend some of it in prayer!