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Friday, October 11, 2013
I Will Pray For You

It is so easy to say those five words and then forget.

Do you promise your friends, family and coworkers that you will pray for them and then drop the ball?  So many times we say "I'll pray for you" and then completely forget to pray.  We are busy people, but have we become distracted?  We all have good intentions, but these intentions don't come into the presence of God.

A friend recently shared with me that her elderly mom was in her last days here on earth.  The family was coming in from out of town and everybody was preparing for her passing.  She shared some specific things to pray for.  I told my friend that I would pray for her her and the family.

I made a commitment to pray.  She had my word.

As I walked away from that conversation, I made a mental note to pray.  As I walked down the hallway, I prayed.  When I got to my office, I jotted a note to pray for this family throughout the day.

Let's determine to intercede on behalf of our friends and others when we are asked or when we offer.  How can we do this?  Here are some suggestions:

  1. Carry a small notebook with you.  Keep it in your laptop case, gym bag or purse.
  2. If you enjoy technology, use a phone app for prayer requests.
  3. Immediately write down the request.  This demonstrates to your friend that you are serious and you care.
  4. Commit to pray for this request.
  5. Follow-up with a phone call or visit within a couple of days.  A week at the latest.

Online students and others, what tools do you use to help you remember to pray for others?  Please comment.

1 Timothy 2:1 reads, "First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people."

God bless.

Ted Whitney

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