Earlier this week, I read a post from Lysa Terkerust on the conviction of our empty statements. Thinks like:
“I’m praying for you.”
“Let’s get together sometime.”
“I’m good, how are you?”
I’m pretty sure each one of these saying deserves its own post about how often we throw these things around, yet not necessarily mean them. Let’s just say, after reading her words, I was incredibly convicted, particularly when it comes to telling people I will pray for them.
I love the opportunity to pray for people and I genuinely desire to pray for them when I say, “I’m praying for you.” The problem is, I often get distracted, forget, or can’t seem to find the time to actually sit down and pray for all of the people I’ve assured that I will.
I think many of us throw this phrase around so flippantly, that even when people tell us that they’re praying for us, we don’t necessarily think they’re actually going to pray.
Friends, prayer is POWERFUL.
It’s an incredible gift and honor to even be given the opportunity to pray for one another.
Though we can take absolutely no credit, watching God move mightily in the lives of the people we love and pray for is such an amazing thing to be a part of!
When we see things God do things like:
Giving a new life to a couple struggling with infertility…
Restoring the broken heart of a friend….
Healing the sick…
Opening doors to opportunity to a friend stuck in a dead-end job…
Bringing “Mr. Wonderful” to a friend who has been waiting and waiting…
Providing in miraculous ways for a friend who’s struggling financially….
…we can just stand back and clap our hands and think, “Yay, God! You did this!”
Admittedly, sometimes we don’t see the direct answer to prayer we are hoping for, but we can’t stop asking, begging, and interceding on behalf of those we love.
So, I’ve been thinking about how to be more proactive when it comes to praying for others, and here are a few ideas:
- When you say, “I’m praying for you.” stop and pray for them that minute, before you forget.
- Instead of praying for them, pray with them while you’re together, or even on the phone. Heck, you can even write out a prayer and email or text it to them. Don’t just say you’re praying, show them you’re praying.
- Find one time during the day when you can pray for the people in your life who need it most–driving to work, blow drying your hair, working out–figure out a time that works for you.
- Let them know you’re trying to be more proactive with your prayer life. This week, I have told three people in my life that I’m praying for them and it’s gone something like this, “I’m praying for you. And I’m not just saying that, I’ve been really convicted about saying, “I’ll pray for you,” and not backing it up, so I promise I really WILL pray!”
Long-winded? Yes. Genuine? Hopefully.
So far, I have prayed for all three. Sometimes admitting and acknowledging a weakness is the first step to recovery.
What about you? Is this something you struggle with? What ideas do you have to help encourage us to back up our words with action?