Saturday, September 3, 2011

Pray for You

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.               


Bethany G said...

This is such a great post. Sometimes I wonder why we don't pray for the person we say were going to pray for right then and there in front of them. It's like were too embarrassed and shy. I think we need to let go of our fear and be bold about prayer. I have a friend who once prayed for me right over the phone and it was so refreshing. Great great post! :)

Amanda said...

I popped over from 20sb (first visit to your blog!) and I have to say, I want to like, star, give 2 thumbs up and a hearty "amen" to this post :) This year has been a study in truly valuing the power of prayer, both on behalf of others and its impact on my own walk with God. We just "blog met" but I'll give you a prayer request: a job I was counting on for the past year has fallen through, and I am seeking God's guidance on what my next steps are (and, specifically, if that involves a future move out of state).

I'll return the offer for prayer right back to you, meaning it :)

Suz and Allan said...

This is such a wonderful, heartfelt post that left me wondering how many strangers have said a little prayer for me from time to time. We are doing 5 Days of Giveaways on our blog this week if you want to stop by!

Liz Taylor Training said...

You are such a beautiful person inside and out. Do you by chance go to the Elevation in Blakeney? I have been wanting to get back into church for a while now so I am attending this upcoming Sunday. Please pray for me - I have been going through a very rough time relationship wise and I am really wanting to get back into church. Thanks girl.

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