Have you ever said “I will pray for you about that” but never followed through?
Have you ever had someone tell you, “I will be praying for you”, but wonder of they really will?
It breaks my heart that this has become just a churchy saying.
I want it to be the truth in my life and in each one of our lives!
The body of Christ (the Church) is called to build each other up and called to do so through prayer.
Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much. – James 5:16
Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints; – Ephesians 6:18
I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men; – 1 Timothy 2:1
There are many times that I have told someone I would pray for them with the right heart and every intention to follow through. But without taking action to remind myself to do so those good intentions never became reality.
Over this past year God has been convicting my heart and teaching me in this area.
Some practical ways that have helped me make this happen.
- Stop and pray right away
It does not have to take a big chunk of the day. I don’t even have to stop and find a quiet place (though sometimes I do). Just take a few moments to bring that request to God.
- Make a note
I have written requests on sticky notes that mark a page in a book I’m reading so when I open that book I see it. If I have the time to sit down and read then I have time to pray for that person.
I have a note page on my phone designated to prayer requests. This is a good one for when I’m out and about and don’t have paper with me.
- Keep lists short and current.
If my list gets long, I don’t even start praying or my prayers become shallow.
- Follow up with the person.
Follow up deepens a relationship so much! Then I add the request back onto my list with more knowledge on how to pray.
There is a man in our church who always asks us about requests that we have shared in the past. It is encouraging to know that he remembered and did pray for us.
- Don’t be as quick to say “I’ll pray for you.”
I always want to say this but not being quick to commit helps me be more intentional. If I won’t pray right away or can’t write it down I try not to say those words; I know how forgetful I am. I want to be honest. Being slower with my words has made me more mindful and actually helped me pray more faithfully.
How encouraging it would be if we knew that we were being prayed for by everyone who told us they would!
How encouraging it would be to pray and see how God’s worked to answer those prayers.
When we fail to pray for one another not only are we missing out on an amazing opportunity to encourage those around us but we throw away a chance to talk to our Father and miss out on seeing how God answers those prayers.
Let’s commit to pray!