The easiest way to remember to pray
Girl, don’t just say it, pray it! You know the, “I’ll be praying for you” promise we quickly reply with when we hear our friend is in distress? Then…oops, before we even get a chance to pray, we’ve already forgotten. Listen I get it, it’s not that we don’t mean what we say, but sometimes the prayer escapes us (until, of course the next time we talk to our friend…UGH!). So how can we commit to praying for family & friends before the request escapes us?
I wasn’t always fully aware of the importance or even the power of prayer. However, over the last few years I’ve really tried to understand prayer, and I want to know what the Lord says about it. I never want to be the person to give lip services by just saying “I’ll pray for you”, or have those words to be a thing I say to end a conversation, even (God forbid) use them to make myself seem holier-than-thou. I want it to be a truthful statement of my desire to come alongside & encourage my sisters (and brothers) in Christ.
Prayer changes things
Maybe we think prayer isn’t enough, or possibly we’re not doing it right? But there’s gotta be a reason we don’t feel an urgency to fall on our knees, lifting the needs of those around us. God tells us to pray for each other and the fact that He so often points us in this direction should help us recognize that He not only hears us, but that prayer is effective in changing circumstances. Sisters, we have to change our minds about the power of prayer, it needs to drive us to our knees, and we have to believe God when He tells us He can change things.
- 1 Timothy 2:1 I urge you, first of all, to pray for all people. Ask God to help them; intercede on their behalf, and give thanks for them.
- James 5:16 Confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The earnest prayer of a righteous person has great power and produces wonderful results.
- Psalm 145:17 He grants the desires of those who fear him; he hears their cries for help and rescues them.
- Proverbs 15:29 The LORD is far from the wicked, but he hears the prayers of the righteous.
- Jeremiah 29:12 In those days when you pray, I will listen.
- Luke 18:7 Even he rendered a just decision in the end. So don’t you think God will surely give justice to his chosen people who cry out to him day and night? Will he keep putting them off?
Now that we’ve established the desire God has for us to encourage and pray for one another, how do we shake off our old habits or forgetfulness? Well let’s be honest, while scurrying through the tasks of the day, it’s entirely possible we’re still going to forget the promise we made to lift up the prayer of loved ones. That’s where the prayer cards come in. I often find myself quickly jotting down a friends needs, then later I’ll fill in the rest of the card & focus on their needs. If I can initially get at least that much started, I’m good. I value these cards so much because not only do they help me remember to pray, but they prompt me to find scripture to back up my prayers (so it’s a study tool at the same time…Win-Win!).
…And if not
If you’re not into the prayer cards, or the whole printing & writing process, that’s okay. Just do your best to make a habit of grabbing anything from your purse and jotting down the request (heck, even an old receipt and some eyeliner works just as well…spoken from experience). Whatever it’s gonna take for you to remember your friends & their prayer request.
Much love, tons of giggles & continued grace,
This is the End
This is the End
This is the End