I have been thinking about prayer. I say things to people I know like, “I will pray for you.” or “Prayers ascending.” Most of the time, almost all the time, I stop right then and say a prayer for that person in my head and heart. If the timing is right and depending on the person I pray with them. I feel that it is better to pray right then instead of waiting. People have different prayer rituals. Some write the first name of the person and the issue down. I do that in an official capacity in my duties as a member of Daughters of the King. Others just say prayers from memory. I think it isn’t the process that we use more than it is the simple fact that we pray.We commit to do something intimate for others, we promise to take their name to our God in prayer.
I have often struggled with the fact that prayer should not be a chore. “Oh I have to pray today.” That is not true prayer. I do my best not to pray when I am in that sort of mood. Then there is guilt of telling someone you would pray for them and forgetting to. It is a broken promise that they will never know about but you know and so does God. “Let me pray real quick.” Don’t bother….yes God will hear and He knows. Just the fact you thought of someone and that you needed to pray, is prayer enough. Don’t insult God by making it a duty. Prayer is a conversation between your heart and the heart of God. It is a connection of your spirit to His. You don’t have to do anything but acknowledged He is there and He knows what is in your heart.
Praying for others is like an offering to God. You place others first in your heart and mind before your own needs. “Love thy neighbor as yourself” in a whole new way. Love them by giving them to God. This is a powerful act. Especially when that person isn’t interested in God or you telling them they should pray. “You should pray about it.” No thank you they may say, so you pray for them anyway.
The ultimate prayer for others is pray God will act in the life of a atheist. It is very overwhelming to pray for them and see evidence in their life that your prayers were answered. They won’t believe you if you tell them it was your prayer, but it is so powerful of a testimony when you see them change and come to love God. It is something that my words can not do justice to the experience. It is that quiet love of God that is the most amazing to me.
I think we will be surprised when we see how exactly important prayer is in the kingdom of God. I certain that it is the faithful prayers known and unknown that give power to the Christian spirit.