There is a phrase that I hear over and over. I guess as a pastor, I can’t help but hear it. The phrase is: “Will you pray for me?” How many times have you had someone to ask you to pray for them? A more important question is what do you do when someone ask you to pray for them? A lot of times we tell people we will pray for them and then never actually get around to doing it. Is intention really enough? When I ask someone to pray for me, then I want them to pray for me and as soon as possible! And when someone ask me to pray for them, then I do my best to get to it as soon as possible. (I know that if I don’t do it while it is fresh on my mind and heart, then I will forget it!)
This is how you move past intention and into action. When you tell someone you will pray for them – do it as soon as possible. The sooner you do it, the sooner it will be done! Many times when a person will ask for my prayers, I will do it right then and there – on the spot. If I can’t do it then and there, then I will get to it as soon as possible by stepping into a corner or even as I walk along to where ever it is that I am off to next.
Remember this: Prayer is simply communicating with God. Good communication requires talking and listening. Will you pray for me? Thank you – now don’t wait do it right now. And if I can pray for you just email me or comment and let me know how.