Pray for Others
“I’m praying for you.” Sometimes we use the words as a fallback when we feel helpless, as a last-resort way to offer comfort. But the promise can be a powerful act of love, especially if we follow through.
Recently, a woman e-mailed out of the blue to tell me that God had suddenly placed me on her heart and she was praying for me, although she didn’t know why. I suspect she worried she would sound a bit silly, especially if there were no special needs in my life. What she didn’t realize was that I was struggling with deep loneliness and confusion about some painful circumstances in my life. I had just asked God for reassurance and encouragement to keep me going. My friend had e-mailed me on a very crucial morning, and her words felt like a precious reminder directly from God to show He was aware of my need, loved me, and was working in the situation.
We can wait for someone to share a problem and then offer to pray, but we can also actively ask God to bring someone to mind that He wants us to support through our prayers. With or without their knowing, we can do kingdom work through our prayers. After all, we have the example of Jesus. Along with all the other ways He shows us His love, He also prays for us. My spine tingles as I read that Jesus is interceding for me.
FAITH STEP: Invite the Holy Spirit to bring a specific person to mind and pray for them. Consider texting, calling or e-mailing to tell that person, “I’m praying for you.”
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