All I have to do is plunk out a few characters on my iPhone, maybe even while driving or otherwise distracted, to initiate a chain reaction that reverberates in heaven. You have the same power. Type in the words, “Please pray for me,” and send it to your Facebook or Twitter feed. Very likely, your closest friends and relatives and even some acquaintances will stop what they are doing and lift you up before the Lord. Even more astonishing, God listens. He knows exactly what you need. And He acts.
Such knowledge gives me goosebumps.
Sadly, I don’t usually think about the power that is accessible to me, about the power that has been shaping my life as long as I’ve been alive. My parents and grandparents were praying for me even before I was born. Nowadays my friends and loved ones, even complete strangers who have read my book or heard my story, tell me frequently that they’re praying for me or for my kids or for my husband.
Too often I thank them the same way I would if they told me they liked my shoes. “How sweet,” I say, forgetting that praying isn’t a nice thing Christians do; it’s a terrible, powerful expression of faith that brings us into the very throne room of the Almighty God.
What I think about even less is the people who don’t have that kind of power available to them. They don’t have a community of believers that has been praying for them. They don’t have anyone they can turn to when in need of prayer.
I think of my friends Kitty and Earl, who became believers as adults and whose families are still unsaved. Their teenaged children are making painful life choices, and no grandparents are whispering in their ear, “Don’t worry. We’ll pray them through this.” I think of a woman in Croatia who recently accepted Christ; she begged the missionaries who introduced her to Jesus to go back to the churches that sent had them and to plead with them to pray for her. “If they don’t, no one else will,” she said. “And I can’t do this alone.” She’s right.
That woman in Croatia, and Kitty and Earl’s children are all on my prayer list, each of them by name. Please pray for me that I won’t forget to pray for them.Leave a Comment