Have you ever come across people that say, “I’ll pray for you”, and as soon as they walk away, you have the feeling like that was just a parting Christian term that they say all the time? Me, too.
Are you someone who has said, “I’ll pray for you”, and then TOTALLY forgotten to actually do it? Me, too.
I have found the very best thing to do is –
- STOP and pray for them, with them right then and their.
- As you walk away, take a moment to pray for them, while you are walking away and it’s fresh in your mind.
With the first suggestion I have found that their is generally enough time to pray for someone. Why? Because that is what God would want us to do, so He extends the time for us! Tell you what, grab a watch with a second hand or a timer and watch 30 seconds go by. It’s actually quite a long period of time! If you wait for each second to pass, you see how a little can go a long way. Pray, even if it’s for 30 seconds, pray.
With the second option, make sure you take a moment and pray for them as you walk away. If people you are walking with start a conversation right up, say, “Hold on for just a second.”. You don’t have to say you are going to pray, or maybe you do.
God still listens to “microwave” prayers. You know, the quick ones that are “Please, God”. The goal is to talk to Him more!
What I learned today…To NOT be someone who just talks about praying for someone, but to consistently PRAY FOR THEM.
Helpful Hint – Wherever you seem to stop and pray for the longest time, or whatever area you look at the most, put up post-its of who you need to pray for. My list around my computer has names I change frequently, as I hear of prayers being answered, and others stay consistent as they are always in my prayers.