Have you ever been guilty of telling someone you would pray for them but don’t? I know I have told others before that I would be praying for them and it slipped my mind. Maybe it was because I had too much on me that day or I just forgot…I had good intentions. I think most of us do.
I also believe it is the polite thing to say “I will pray for you” and then we say a 10-second half-hearted prayer just so we don’t feel guilty. I had someone message me a few months back asking me to pray for them. I made a mental note to really pray for them, not to just say I would. If someone is in need we should pray wholeheartedly. We need to call out to God on their behalf even if we don’t know the situation. Making a serious mental note helps me to commit to praying for them not just saying I will.
What about the people we think are the cause of their own troubles? I am not going to lie I have thought to myself before “well, you did this to yourself. These are the consequences.” Then it is like God puts me in my place and says “Hey, remember when you messed up and others prayed?” I have had some rough times in life caused by my own doings. During those times I had people really praying for me and my situation. Thank God they prayed for me! Instead of looking our noses down on those we don’t think are worthy we need to have a look at ourselves and realize we aren’t worthy either but God still listens!
We need to pray for those that need it, ask for prayer when we need it. We need to make a commitment to pray for someone who we said we would. Let us not throw “I will pray for you” around loosely. Put our words into action and let God move.
James 5:16 “Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.”
1 Thessalonians 5:17 “Pray without ceasing.”
Psalms 34:17 “The righteous cry, and the LORD heareth, and delivereth them out of all their troubles.”