The email comes:
“Please pray for our family, my husband lost his job today.”
The text message arrives:
“Prayer request, my daughter has cheer try outs today. This means a lot to her.”
She stops you in the sanctuary:
“I have a doctor appointment this week, they found a lump. Would you pray for me?”
You pass the terrible accident…
A person keeps coming to mind, maybe someone you haven’t thought of in years…
At bible study you jot down all those names and requests during prayer and share time…
“I’ll pray for you!” –you promise.
“I should pray for that person…” – you consider.
Your intention are good. The moment passes, the day passes, weeks pass. You read the headline about the fatal accident you passed by. You learn from mutual friends that an old friend of yours (that name that kept coming to mind) lost everything to a house fire. The woman catches you in the sanctuary and thanks you for your prayers, her tests came back clear.
But, you didn’t pray. You forgot. You didn’t mean to forget, you were sincere in your promises. Distractions got in the way. Life interrupted. Your own problems grabbed your attention.
We must be more than words, when we agree or offer to pray for our brothers and sisters in Christ. Being distracted shouldn’t catch us off guard, we know how life goes. Instead, we need to be intentional and take a step beyond words.
Stop in the moment and pray for the person, instead of putting on your to do list. Grab her hand and lead her to another woman in the church, pray together for her corporately. Even when you a driving, when you can’t bow your head and close your eyes… we can still call out to the Lord while we drive past the scene of an accident or hear sirens in the distance. Email or text back a written prayer, so that your friend can see your words and return to them as she needs to.
Prayer is a beautiful conversation between us and the Lord. Talk often. Pray when you can pray, cry out when the words fail you. But, when others come to you for intercession… be present with them in that moment of trial. Stop what you are doing. Pray.