Prayer for a Person
"Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you."
1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
Often I have the not so polite habit of eavesdropping when I am in public places. Today during my Starbucks hours, I was listening to a group of young women that were meeting a table over from me. After sharing what was going on in life, they spent over a half an hour praying for one another. I am always amazed by the power of prayer. How, when we pray, we are completely open before God, despite the layers that we put up when we look at ourselves or when present our selves to others. The way that we become connected to each through prayer together. Prayer has the power to give us confidence in the midst of our deepest insecurity. To heal wounds in our hearts that felt forever broken. It has to power to remind us that we are made in the image of God and made the with capacity to be greater than we could ever imagine. Yet, prayer can often feel foreign. Sometimes it's because we don't feel like we have the time to sit down and pray. Or maybe we aren't sure how to start praying on our own or what to do once we begin to pray. I am all about the "God is great, God is good, let us thank you for our food" prayer, but if that is all we know, prayer can often feel as if it falls short of having a lasting impact in our lives. In honor of the beautiful prayer this week I invite you to join me with the prayer challenge I have for myself. Each day I am going to think of a different person that I would like to pray for. When praying to God for him/her, I am going to give thanks for him/her, pour out what I know about him/her and any ways that God can be moving in his/her life, and any assurances that I have of how God is already at work. Blessings on your "Week of Prayer for a Person" challenge!