Monday, January 15, 2007

"Please Pray for Me"

What do you do when someone says "please pray for me"? Seriously...what do you do?
  • Do you write their name down on a piece of paper and add them to your church prayer list?
  • Do you make a mental note to remember them the next time you pray?
  • Do you say "I will" and forget the minute you leave their company?
  • Do you take them by the hand, then and there, at that very moment, in front of God and everybody, and pray for them?
  • Something else?
We're probably all guilty of saying we will, and we don't - at least at some point in our lives. Circumstances don't always make it possible to pray for someone as we intend to. It may be a parting request expressed as the one needing prayer hastily moves on. It may be because the request comes in the midst of a busy and hectic time. For whatever the reason, the request for prayer sometimes gets shuffled out of our conscience.

When someone asks you to pray for them, what do you do?

I reflect on this because Sunday we visited a sick relative in the hospital and asked if there was anything we could do for her. She said: "pray for me". We prayed, then and there. Later in the day I got to thinking about the people who've asked that I pray for them, and realized how many I've not - for whatever reason - prayed for.

When someone asks you to pray for them, what do you do?


Mark H said...

Well, I used to make a mental note ... and then later forget more than 50% of the time.

Recently, I've been focussed on praying right there and then. If you asked me, then you'd better mean it! If I love you, then I'd better mean it too! Over the phone, at my desk in response to an email or a blog post, in the pub, at the restaurant. I'm learning to stop feeling so self-conscious and just live an undignified but FUN life for Jesus.

I definitely haven't arrived on this one yet, but this is the direction I'm heading. I'm finding that praying for others becomes easier. There's no wind-up inertia to overcome. I just do it and see where Holy Spirit leads. I'm also not trying to make things more significant, or lengthy, than He leads at the time. Most of the time, I'm just asking for more of His presence.

And it really does feel GREAT to not remember later that I forgot ;-)

Brother Marty said...

Mark h,
Thank you for sharing. I suffer from the same affliction, but struggle to get past it every day.
I pray then and there, where the opportunity presents itself. If it doesn't, I pray as I drive off. But, I agree, it is better to not remember later that I forgot.
Bless you, Brother, in your walk.
Brother Marty