Verse of the Week:
Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.
How many times have you told someone you would pray for them but as soon as you left their presence you forgot. Or maybe you were scrolling social media and saw a prayer request or a story about someone you knew needed prayer. Did you stop right then and whisper a prayer?
“Oh, will you pray? Stop now and pray, lest desire turn to feeling and feeling evaporate.”
~ Amy Carmichael
How about when you encounter a fire truck or ambulance rushing past you with sirens blaring and lights flashing. Do you offer a prayer for the ones needing those services? In Luke 18, Yeshua/Jesus instructed them to pray all the time and not lose heart.
Now He was telling them a parable to show that at all times they ought to pray and not to lose heart,
When someone asks for prayer, adding them to your list is fine, but you don’t have to wait until your “official” prayer time to bring them to the Lord in prayer. We are to always be ready to pray. Praying should always be a way of life for us. Pray immediately when you see the need or are asked. Then the desire will not so quickly turn to feeling and feeling evaporate as Miss Carmichael so poignantly put it. Then be sure to add them to your list and pray for them again later.
Your prayer does not have to be elaborate or belabored. Remember Moses prayer for his sister Miriam when she was struck with leprosy after she and Aaron rebelled against Moses authority. He simply cried out to the Lord “God, please heal her!” Number 12:12
The important thing is to pray now.
Live it out this week
Practice being in an attitude of prayer. When you see someone in need, offer a sincere prayer to your Heavenly Father. If you are in a position to actually offer assistance, by all means help them.
Try this, when on Facebook, MeWe, Instagram, or other social media, when someone asks for prayer, stop and say a prayer for them. Right. Then. Or when you are on the road and you see or hear an emergency vehicle, say a prayer while you are waiting for them to pass.
Even if prayer is not requested, if you see a need, pray.
Abba Father, help me to be instant to pray when asked or when I see a need. Help me to continue in a attitude of prayer and service before You all day.
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Amy Carmichael (1867 – 1951) – Missionary to India
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