Pray for your friends

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

What should have killed him has become the very reason why he lives. Hospitalized off and on for the first two years of his life, coupled with bouts of depression and mountains of self- doubt, Andre Harrell, II not only chose to overcome life’s stumbling blocks—he used them as steppingstones to his great success. Affectionately known by many as L.A., his passion for arts and entertainment, communications, and writing landed him roles in various stage productions, as well as opportunities to minister through music at various houses of worship. As a recipient of the Louis Armstrong District Award for Okaloosa County, and founder of Kingdom Over Castles, he’s clear on his mission and purpose—to inspire and encourage others to live their best lives now and impact the world at large.

1 Comment

  1. Allison
    May 4, 2019

    This is so fitting because there has veen so much loss and heartache in this community its like people are becoming immune to the sorry for your loss and im praying for you. Even tonight as i got my hair done by a coworker we took that time to get to know each other and as we watched Asystole she said wow i really needed that and when it was time for her to go home i stopped her and prayed with her right then. We have to take that time and give them that peace to let them know God is always with us. Thank you for your timely reminders to walk the walk that we be talking!


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