Normally I’d have some fancy intro-sentence or a deep title, but today it’s simple, pray for your friends!
Like many, I tend to scroll my social media at least 500 times a day, laughing at meme’s, reposting videos and liking all of my friends’ pictures. There are moments however, where I see posts concerning the loss of a family member, job related issues, someone venting about hardships, or just asking for prayer in general. The natural reaction for many of us is to type a sympathetic message or a simple, “I’m praying for you,” and move on. I remember last year, a friend of mine posted a status asking for prayer, and shortly after posting that I would be praying for them, I got super convicted (What’s new?).
I remember vividly God telling me, “Put the phone down and pray”. It wasn’t that I wasn’t going to pray for them later, or didn’t have the heart to pray for them, it’s just that He wanted me to get into the habit of praying right there on the spot. Have you ever had a bunch of people and things to pray for, and accidently forgot one of them? I know I have. This is why it’s important to be bold enough to pray on the spot and not put it off.
Although people might not tell us their reasoning for the prayer request, it could be urgent, and they could be at the point of giving up. Our instant prayers and boldness on their behalf could be just what they need to keep going. Our prayers have the power to stop suicidal attempts, reverse negative doctor reports, even bring someone to Christ, or in deeper revelation of him. 1 Thessalonians tells us that we are to always pray, without ceasing.
Before I end this, let’s hold each other to praying on the spot for people. No more will we allow fear, or the fact that we are in public and everyone is looking at us, stop us from being obedient. Let’s vow to change our reply from, “I’m praying for you”, to “Just PRAYED for you.” The prayer doesn’t have to be long or drawn out, just a simple;
Lord I thank you for this day,
and I ask that you meet the
need of my dear brother or sister.
God I’m asking that you go where I can’t go
do what I can’t do, and show yourself
strong in their life, in Jesus name,
Will do. It might seem small or insignificant, but just that will a little faith, can go a long way.
I urge you, first of all, to pray for all people. Ask God to help them; intercede on their behalf, and give thanks for them.
1 Timothy 2