“Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus” (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18).
These verses in Thessalonians exhort us to pray continually, and we are reminded that’s part of God’s will for us. Romans 12:2 says “Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.” It sounds pretty clear we are meant to be praying, doesn’t it?
How many times have you said “I’ll pray for you” to someone? It may be many times a day–in chatrooms, social networks, via emails, phone calls, or even in person. Technology is bringing us “closer” to more people, even if we have never met personally.
I seem to be caring about what’s going on with more people and wanting to support them in prayer. But can we try to do that for too many people?
Have you felt guilty that maybe you didn’t pray about something you’d promised you would? I have.
A missionary said to me many years ago when I was feeling guilty about saying I’d pray for them, but not actually doing it very often–that God knows my heart. Thqt no matter if I prayed once, or every day, it was still an obedience to God’s having prompted me to pray for them.
I’ve come to believe there are certainly times when we need to be actually voicing specific prayers. But it’s also true that God knows all about the people and situations, and what we are thinking and feeling–all the time. He hears our silent prayers. He’s made us to care about different things, because we are all different.
When we say “I’ll pray for you”, write “I’m praying for you about”, or just post a thoughtful graphic, we’re calling out to God on their behalf. We’re showing we care and placing this person or situation in God’s hands. Isn’t that being faithful in prayer?
Father God, help us to be faithful in prayer, whatever form those prayers may take. We know You always understand our thoughts and our intentions. Prompt us to call on You and respond to others in ways that will honor You. Amen.
About the Author:
Fiona Burrows lives in Melbourne, Australia. She is thankful that God walks each step of her life with her, and that He is teaching her new things as she learns to live with chronic back pain. She enjoys finding time for reading, writing, and photography, and to share those things with others. You can contact her in the Sunroom, or read more of her writing on her blog there.
Have you felt that the effort of responding with long wordy prayers is at times beyond your resources? Is it hard cognitively or physically to find the right words? Do you think God still knows and responds to what’s on your heart?
If you have ever wanted to pray for a friend who you thought was going down the wrong path, or if you have someone who causes your heart to ache because they don’t feel they are able to turn toward God, you may like this song, “Prayer for a Friend” with Casting Crowns. This song is about the power of intercessory prayer. -Lisa