When you share a story of struggle with a friend do they ever respond with, “I’ll say a prayer for you.”? Do you ever wonder if they really do say a prayer?
I often ponder this. Sometimes I think, Don’t tell me you’re going to say a prayer if you’re not really going to say it. Then I started thinking maybe they don’t think I actually say a prayer if I promise to keep them in my prayers.
But I do. I really do.
If I’m having a conversation with someone, perhaps via text, and I write, “I’ll say a prayer for you,” I literally pause whatever it is I am doing and say a prayer for that particular person.
If someone asks for prayers over Facebook, I don’t scroll on by. I pause and say a prayer for him or her.
If I can *waste* time watching a funny cat video someone shared, then I most certainly have time to pause for prayer for a friend in need.
How many of us actually do that? Do my friends do that for me? I used to throw out the phrase, “I’ll say a prayer…” and then had the best intentions on doing so later in the day, but let’s be real: my day would get busy, my mind would get busy, and a lot of the time I would end up forgetting to pray for whomever I said I’d pray for. Sound familiar?
I realized this was happening frequently so I decided that whenever I told someone I would pray for them, I would. Right there, in that moment.
I challenge you to do the same. No doubt our lives are busy and chaotic, but anyone can take sixty seconds to pray for a friend in need. If you are not in the right frame of mind to say a prayer in that exact moment, then write the person’s name down where you know you’re going to see it before you lay your head down for bed.
And if prayer isn’t a part of your life, at least stop to send them good vibes. Every bit of positivity is powerful.
When I tell a friend I will pray for them, I feel like not only am I making a promise to them, but a promise to God, as well.
I pray all my loyal friends, family, and followers have a safe and blessed Thanksgiving.
I really do.