One of the best gifts we can give anyone is prayer. It doesn’t cost you much — just a little time if you’re willing to give it. I see challenges on Facebook for all sorts of things, but I never see a prayer challenge. So, that’s what the spirit is urging me to do today — to challenge each of you to pray for someone who needs it. Take a few minutes and think of someone close to home. We can effect change best with those who are closest to us — your child, a neighbor, or a colleague. It’s easy to pray for those we love, so consider praying for someone who isn’t easy to love — a former spouse, an abuser, an enemy.
Matthew 5:44 urges us to love our enemies and to pray for those who persecute us.
That’s a tall order for most since some of us are so singularly focused on praying for things rather than each other. Perhaps you can start small with a prayer of thanksgiving.
Thank you for waking me up this morning and protecting me as I slept, Lord. I’m thankful to be alive and well. Please use me as you see fit.
Be careful what you pray for because you will get it. I’ve found that when I tell God to use me (which I do every day), he sends me places I wouldn’t ordinarily go on my own. My belief is that someone prayed for a particular thing — whether it was someone to listen to them, an extra set of hands, or a financial blessing, and he sent me. I’m honored to be his hands and feet.
Once you’ve prayed your simple prayer of thanksgiving, ask for forgiveness. We all sin, and we know those sins well. It’s important to note that asking for forgiveness and expecting it should remind us to forgive those who hurt us. That, too, is a tall order. If you say the Lord’s Prayer each day, you’re already petitioning God.
“Forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us.”
We memorize all those prayers when we’re little, but as we become more mature and grow in our faith, we should really take a closer look at what we’re doing to make sure that it matches what we’re saying. If we say we’re going to do something, we need to stand by our promises and do what we say we’re going to do.
I have a pet peeve, and it’s about prayer. When I see or hear the words I’m praying for you and your family when someone passes away or is going through a rough time, I wonder if that person actually takes the time to pray. Did she do what she said she was going to do? Of course, this isn’t my business. What is my business is what is within my control — doing what I said I would do. If I say I’m going to pray for you, rest assured it will happen. As mere humans, we don’t know what God wants us to pray for, but that shouldn’t prevent us from doing it.
So, here’s my challenge (and I urge you to share this message with everyone you know): Once you’ve prayed for yourself, your family, and forgiveness, please add at least one more person to your list. Perhaps you might pray for that person for a week. You might even add someone new each day. It doesn’t matter how you do it; just do it! Remember, it doesn’t cost you a thing, but the return on your prayer could literally save a life, and that’s priceless.
Wonderful challenge – and you’re the person I’m adding and will be praying for this week. I’ve added your name to the wall of my prayer closet, that doors will be opened to you where God may use you to demonstrate His wonderful love and reach someone in this mire we live amongst. God Bless You.
Tammi, thank you so much! May God bless you indeed! I definitely didn’t expect this, but I’ve learned to expect the unexpected when it comes to our Creator. I am praying for you now. May your needs be met in ways you could never have imagined. God is at work in your life — even when you don’t realize it. Be still, my friend, and listen for his quiet, still voice. He will never lead you astray.
The power of prayer can never be underestimated and I agree with you totally on the fact that when you commit to pray for someone then you have to follow through with it.
Thanks, Jacqueline and Good Morning! <3 We have to power to bless and to curse. Why not bless others?
Always better to bless 🙂
Prayer has kept me and my family buoyant through the best and the worst of times. My day would not be complete without prayer. I give thanks every day for the journey to now. Thank you for sharing such an important link to the Divine.
I was looking forward to your post this morning and really appreciate you writing about prayer! There are times when I think our faith community discounts or fails to remember the power of prayer. One of my favorite scriptures is when Jesus goes off to pray….what a Holy and wonderful example He is for us ! Thank you for sharing your walk of faith.
Amen! I too agree that we should always remember to pray for someone because miraculous things can happen through prayer.
(You’re on my Thursday list…..)
Wow! Thank you. Dawn!
I agree on all points. You’ve posed an excellent reminder, Michelle.