Have you ever had someone say "I'll pray for you" and you think to yourself "will you really?" Prayer is something that should not be taken lightly. It is our direct communication with God and I often wonder if people really are praying for me when they say they are. I know that I am also guilty of this and it is something I want to work on.
On the other hand, there are instances where I know people are genuine in prayer and I know without a shadow of a doubt that they are praying for me when they say they are going to. Today someone told me they would pray for me and I believe them. It is so reassuring to know that someone else is lifting you up. It is too easy to get bogged down in my own prayer life. I often feel like I pray the same prayers, ask for the same things, but there is something about someone else praying for me that makes me feel loved, cared for, and that they are concerned enough to include me in their prayer life.
Oftentimes, the sad thing is that the people who are genuine in their prayer offerings are not my close friends, no they are strangers. They are people in my church who lift me up; they are people in the blogospere (hint, hint that's you potentially); they are people who may never know me. Why is it that people outside of my own personal life are more apt to pray for me and my struggles than people who know me the best?
The good thing is that it shouldn't matter who is praying for you. I am thankful for all of the voices that speak on my behalf, the ones who care enough to lift up my petty concerns and struggles. I want to be one of those people, who cares enough to pray for a complete stranger who in fact is my brother or sister in Christ.
How can I pray for you today? Maybe you are feeling lonely, left out, having relationship issues, or just having a daily struggle. Maybe you feel like no one else will pray for you in your time of need (I've often felt that way). So what is it? Leave a comment and know, I am praying for you and I mean it.