Prayer has the power to accomplish great things because it enlists the power of a great God. Here is a simple way that you could pray and make someones day, today.
I am amazed at how easy it is to let things slide…things that we know are important…things that we value…things that we want to do. Things like prayer. Have you experienced that? Me too.
There is a particular prayer habit that I have practiced at different times and seen God really use it in a variety of ways, yet I’ve let it slide again and I want to get back to it.
There is an oft repeated phrase used by Christians with each other when we share the stories of our lives. “I’ll be praying for you.”
I almost cringe when someone says “I’ll be praying for you” because I don’t really believe them.
I know that they have good intentions.
I know that they want to encourage me.
But, I also know that a lot of times that is just something that people say.
How do I know this?
Because a lot of times, it’s just something that I say.
I try to always keep my promises, but a quick fire sale prayer to quench my own conscience might be the best you get.
Sorry. I’m a creep. I know. You always pray, right?
Well, there is a simple remedy for this often unfulfilled promise to pray.
Pray for the person right then.
Surprisingly, it is not awkward. People are sometimes surprised, but I think they are always pleased. All it takes is a question…
“Could I pray for you, right now?”
I’ve never asked that question and been told no.
Usually, there is great gratitude because it’s not a questionable promise. It is an immediate, explicit, tangible expression of love and care.
It doesn’t have to be a long prayer. In fact, it’s probably better that it isn’t. A few heartfelt sentences lifting someones need up to the God of Heaven and Earth is all that is needed.
Most of the time, people’s eyes are filled with tears before you are done because it is real and it is loving and it matters. There isn’t enough of that in our relationships. What if there was more? What difference could that make?
I’d encourage you to ask that question often…“Could I pray for you, right now?” And don’t just ask it at church or with your friends. Ask it anytime someone expresses a need, worry or concern.
Most of us would like to be better at sharing Christ with others. This request to pray for someone serves as a fantastic witness for Jesus Christ. Almost everyone, regardless of their religious background, will gladly accept an offer of prayer. In an instant, you communicate genuine love, concern and a conviction of faith that Jesus Christ is the source of hope. And all you did was say a simple prayer for someone.
Who knows how God might water and grow that seed you planted in that persons life. There is also a good chance that a conversation about spiritual things might be initiated by the person that you prayed for.
The benefits go on and on, but the challenge is simple. When someone expresses a need to you or you see someone in distress, ask the question “Could I pray for you, right now?” And then, do it.
You will make someones day through that simple prayer!
What do you think? What has been your experience when you have offered to pray for others? Let me know in the comments and as always, please share this with others if you find it helpful.
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