How would it make you feel if you knew that someone was praying for you every single day? What difference would it make to your life?
Read on… as I am going to suggest a wonderful way for there to be someone on this earth who will pray for you every single day of your life!
A Truth to Remember
Before I proceed, I just have to stop and remind you of one incredible truth. If you belong to the Father; if your soul has been saved, and His Spirit lives within you, then you can rest assured that you are being prayed for 24/7! Romans 8:26-27 and Hebrews 7:25 assures you of that. What a relief, comfort, and joy to grasp this reality!
Well, here’s an idea… It’s simple!
Ask 7 people in your life to pray for you
Assign each person a day of the week
And there you have it – Full prayer coverage 365 days a year!
Not a bad deal is it?
Is this a One Way Street?
There is not only a lot in this for you. There are precious advantages in it for your praying friends too!
By praying for you regularly, your friend/family member will:
- Directly be fulfilling the command given in Galations 6:2, “Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.”
- Be motivated to have prayer time – Having someone to pray for, inevitably leads to other people and needs to bring before the Lord.
- Receive prayer too! As you thank God for your friend in your prayers, they will have the blessing of your supplications too (1 Thessalonians 1:2)
- Tick 5 “one another” boxes stated in 1 Thessalonians alone! Your friend’s prayers will be beautifully encompassed in covering their bases of increasing their love for others (1 Thessalonians 1:3, 3:12, 4:9), encouraging others and building them up (1 Thessalonians 5:11), and seeking to do good to others (1 Thessalonian 5:15),
You see, this is a win/win situation.
“No man can do me a truer kindness in this world than to pray for me.”- Charles Spurgeon (click to tweet that)
And you, my dear friend, will be reaping the eternal benefits of the prayers of the saints!
Make it a Blessing
Here are some practical tips to foster the prayer support with those who lovingly agree to pray for you:
- Send a weekly or monthly update with your prayer needs, life struggles, and spiritual challenges. You can of course be as personal and detailed as you feel at liberty to be, however, keep in mind that the more specific you are, the more specifically your prayer partner will be able to pray for you.
- Encourage your prayer partners regularly with answers to their prayers that you experience in your life! And you will be blessed to have the Lord answer their prayers.
- Send your prayer partners a note, card, or even an email once in a while to sincerely thank them for having the heart, taking the time, and caring enough to pray for you.
- Offer to pray for your prayer partners too! When you get to talk with them, or as they respond to your prayer request updates by email, seize the opportunity to take a genuine interest in their lives, and ask them how you can be praying for them. This is a guaranteed way of growing in your relationship with your sister, and forming a special bond that may deepen your friendship for years to come.
Word of warning to you, my friend
This exercise will require you to humble yourself.Photo Credit: Flickr/God’s Fingerprints
Your prayer partners are not going to want to receive the likes of the following prayer requests:
- Please pray for my neighbour’s dying cat.
- Please pray for my husband to change in every area .
- Please pray for world peace.
Uh uh!!! We’re talking personal, specific, and humble-myself requests, for example:
- I have been struggling with vegging in front of the TV for hours each day. Please pray that God would grant me the discipline to invest my time wisely in His Word, and in the works that He has prepared in advance for me to walk in (Ephesian 2:10).
- I am so confused about my future. I really need God to develop the fruit of patience in me while I wait on Him to reveal whether He would like me to pursue Step A or Step B as my next step.
- I have been lashing out at my children recently, and feel irritability and anger surging inside my heart. Please pray that I would be self-controlled, and that God would grant me the humility to apologize to my children for the way I have been behaving towards them.
We’re talking humility… Try it – it’s freeing!!! (tweet!)
So… do you believe this idea would work in your own life? What would keep you from approaching 7 people and getting this undertaking on the road?
A good place to start would be by sending this post to some friends, or sharing the post on Twitter or Facebook. Maybe you’ll even get some volunteers to pray for you instantly!