Everyone has heard these words, "I will be praying for you" or, "Our thoughts and prayers are with you". These words are usually spoken in times of fear, despair, sadness, and loss. These words are intended to bring comfort, support and even understanding for circumstances. These words are spoken by many and while the motivation for speaking these words are from the best place in the heart, do people really pray?
I have many incredible people in my life that pray over me and my family daily. These people have proven themselves to be faithful individuals who love the Lord. I know when they say, "I am praying for you", they truthfully pray over me. Its an incredible thing to know others are praying on your behalf. It gives you a confidence, life and strength that can only come from a supernatural power.
Do you have Prayer Warriors in your life? If you do, send them a quick text or email to say a big whomping "thank you" because these people are going to battle for you. If you don't have Prayer Warriors in your life, become one, we'll do it together.
I consider myself a Prayer Warrior In Training (PWIT). I am constantly learning how to talk to the Creator of the World because let's be honest, that is a little intimidating. There is a fine balance of respect and realness when having a conversation with the King. Some days, my prayers fall out of my lips like a well written love song. Other days, it's a big jumbled mess of word vomit. God loves hearing both because he doesn't just hear the words, he listens to our hearts. If your heart is pleading on behalf of someone, God will honor and cherish your request. And you know what, God can make mountains move so, why wouldn't we ask Him for a little help?
I want those words "I will be praying for you" to actually mean something. I want us all to feel a convicting sense of commitment to actually pray for people. Because saying and doing are completely different. The next time you find yourself in a situation uttering those words, stop and actually pray with that person. If that's too scary, put a reminder in your phone or write on your hand with sharpie so you don't forget. And, after you pray for that person, send them a little note so they know that you are a person of your word.
So, first and foremost, I urge God’s people to pray. They should make their requests, petitions, and thanksgivings on behalf of all humanity.
1 Timothy 2:1