We have all been there. That moment when the words, ” I am praying for you”, cascades out of our lips and showers a weary soul with comfort and relief. In our Christian life, it is almost a reflex reaction. We know that is what we are supposed to say. After all, that brother or sister is clinging to hope that they are actually being prayed for. What kind of person would tell someone that they are praying for them and then not do it? Or only pray that one time? Sadly, to find that person all we need to do is look in the mirror.
Confession time. I am ashamedly guilty of doing this. Saying I will pray for someone, then forgetting. With that said though, I am very thankful that God knows the intent of my heart. Our Father knows His children very well. He knows that I truly am burdened for that dear one that was brave enough to ask for prayer. Yes, it can take an act of bravery to petition someone for intercessory prayer. Do I forget to pray for everyone who asks me for prayer on their behalf? Absolutely not. Do I allow life to get in the way? Yes, yes I do.
Sometimes though, we are just not in a place within our own journey that we can adequately approach the throne room for someone else. Our own burdens are sinking us and it takes every ounce of endurance to keep from drowning. How can we be focused on another’s need, if we ourselves are immersed in a sea of despair? We must tap into that supernatural strength that our Father supplies. A strength that will breathe life into our dry bones and revive our soul. Freshly revitalized we are now ready to battle and can boldly approach our sweet Savior on someone’s behalf. Please don’t misunderstand me. At our weakest we can still petition our Father with a prayer request. Our focus is elsewhere and we may not devote fervent, ceaseless prayer though. We must be healed to effectively battle.
There are seasons of busyness that crowd the thoughts of our mind and although we had every good intention, we fall short and forget to bring that request to God. Busy with homework, carpools, play practice, soccer games, jobs, vacations, cooking, …….. it is never-ending. It is o.k., we are human and we may get busy. One way to combat the busyness that may overtake a prayer request, is to immediately stop and pray for that person or situation that warrants prayer. Chances are, in a busy season of life, that request may get lost in the shuffle and never leave our lips to find its way to our Father. Make it a habit to stop in your tracks and shout it to Heaven. Also pray for your mind to be bombarded with remembrance of this prayer request. If you were the one in need of prayer, you would want to be remembered in someone’s prayers.
I have been taking a little break from my blog to focus on some things for this new year. I am still shocked that God can use someone like me. Someone that falls short every day but still manages to show His beautiful hand in my everyday life. Thank-you to each and everyone that finds their way here and likes, shares and comments. He gets all the glory. Prayer has been a big focus for me this year and I just wanted to share some little pearls that may help y’all. I am glad to be back blogging again. I can’t wait to see how this year will unfold. God is always moving and intervening on our behalf. That is so important to remember! Our prayers that fall on His ears, can move mountains and change circumstances. So when our natural response is, ” I am praying for you”, do it!! Then continue to pray, sit back and watch God work.