Again, (amen,) I say to you, if two of you agree on earth about anything for which they are to pray, it shall be granted to them by my heavenly Father. Matthew 18:19
If you are like me, as you go about your day you, someone will share a story, a problem, an injury or bad diagnosis. If you show concern, as I do, they will often ask you to, “Pray for me.”
Until recently, I would respond, “Of course I will.”
Then, when I return home, I will add their name to the prayer list that I keep on my nightstand.
I recently realized, after a lively discussion on the topic with my breakfast buddies, that this isn’t what the person asked. She didn’t say to go home and write me on your pray list, she said “Pray for me!” As in NOW!
Nowhere in the bible do I remember Jesus saying that he would pray later. On the contrary, He would drop everything else he was doing and would pray right then and there, being totally attentive to the person in front of him.
That’s an example we all need to follow, whether at the grocery store, at lunch, or at a ball game. If someone asks us to pray for them, let’s do it RIGHT NOW!
Note: This post was originally published August 26, 2012. Currently, I am on a brief hiatus finishing my book, Finding God’s Grace. During that time, I will feature posts from the past that you may not have had the chance to read. I hope you enjoy them. I’ll have new, original stories in April.
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