“I’ll be praying for you!” But will you really? Recently I feel like this has been an empty promise I keep saying to people. I have all the intentions in the world to pray for this person and am heartbroken with them, but I keep finding myself forgetting to actually pray for them. I would love to say it’s just because I’m so busy, but that’s not the whole truth. The truth is, I’m lacking intentionality with my prayers. I’m praying for my needs and generally for those close to me, but I’m not going out of my way to take note of the requests I’ve been given and pray for them.
Y’all. It’s so important to be intentional and actually pray for people when we say we’re going to. Prayer changes things and when we tell someone we are going to be praying they expect change to happen in their situation. When they don’t see it, they don’t think that people aren’t praying, but that prayers aren’t being answered and their faith is weakened. When we tell someone we are going to be praying for them, it comforts them, but doesn’t actually change anything. We give them a false sense of comfort and nothing changes (unless someone else is praying!).
Five things happen when we pray.
First, we shift things in the spiritual realm— we declare war on it.
Second, our will is aligned with God’s. Nothing is going to happen outside of His will no matter how much we pray or how many people are praying, but I believe that God’s will is more like a series of scenarios that we can decide/pray into existence. For example, I was accepted into a few colleges and I have no doubt that if I had decided to go to a school other than Virginia Tech, God would have met me there. His plan is not derailed by one wrong decision.
Third, our heart is broken for the hurting and lost, just like Jesus’s is.
Fourth, we become closer to God and less likely to fall into our own temptations. Praying for others develops our relationship with God just like talking with one friend about the need of another strengthens your relationship with them.
Fifth, our own faith grows as we see prayers answered. We begin to believe God will answer our own prayers.
I heard a story one time about a prayer list that was started on a napkin and made it to someone’s fridge. It was continually added to until no more needs could fit on it. The woman would check the napkin from time to time and cross off the needs that had been met. I can’t imagine what this did for HER faith.
In an effort to help remember to pray for the needs of our friends and family and to increase our faith as we see needs be met, I created a prayer list printable!
Who have you told you’ll be praying? Add them to your list and make sure to prayer for all the needs on the list at least once per week and check back with the person to let them know that you’ve been praying and are wondering if anything has changed! There’s a space for the date added as well as the date answered because I’m confident that as we increase our prayers, we will see prayers answered! I’m excited to here about answered prayers! If nothing is changing, the person will be touched that you are following up and have been including them in your prayers.
You can download the Free Prayer List Printable by clicking the image below!