Friday, August 7, 2015

"I'll Pray for You"


I used to never tell my friends or family that I would pray for them, because I wouldn't. I rarely prayed for myself, I knew I wouldn't be praying for anyone and their certain situation so I wouldn't say it. In truth, the only prayer I said was the daily "blessing" before dinner. In recent years, I've really worked on my spiritual relationships and part of that was learning how to pray.



I realize that everyone prays differently, some use journals, some do it every night before bed. Some are conversational with God, and some are more formal. But even then, I didn't tell people I would pray for them. I don't know if I was embarrassed or if I just didn't believe that it would make a difference, but now I know now that it does.

I am almost ashamed to admit this, but because we're being honest and real here, I will say it. When people said they would pray for me, or for others (i.e. when someone announced a sad situation on facebook and the commenters replied "You're in my prayers!") I wouldn't think they were being sincere. I thought it was just something people said to make other people feel better, but I realized that though was wrong.I realized that praying for someone doesn't have to be some long, elaborate thing. It can be a simple "Lord, please give ____ love, support, and guidance during their time of ____ right now" and He will hear it. How awesome is that? Once sentence is all it takes.

I don't believe in perfection, but I believe in trying to better ourselves and I believe that there is always room for improvement. I have started telling my friends and family that I will pray for them, and even though it was difficult to say at first, I have gotten more comfortable with it. Sometimes I think that people don't want to hear that they are being prayed for under normal circumstances, because that means there is something wrong or something that needs to be fixed, but in my opinion, everyone needs to be uplifted, for something big or for something small, or even just to say that you love them and are thinking of them. God hears everything.

All of this to say, spirituality and faith is a journey; finding yourself and having a strong relationship with the Lord takes practice, patience, and time. It's something that doesn't come easily. Just like any other relationship, to make it thrive, you have to invest in it, you have to make time for it. I've found that including the people I care about in my prayers has actually helped strengthen my own relationship with God.

What part of prayer do you find most difficult?

Is there something you would like me to pray for? You can let me know in the comments below or email me if you'd like - I'd love to pray for you.

33 comments:

Kayla MKOY said...

I absolutely love this! When I was in college I realized I'd say it a lot but found myself forgetting to pray for those certain people, so I told myself if I told someone I'd pray for them -- I had to write it down. Then I would be more intentional. Now I feel like I talk to God all day :) I love it. Glad you've found a way that works for you! One sentence can truly make a difference.

Lisa @ Two Martinis said...

I like to pray ACTS (adoration, confession, thanksgiving, supplication) - more info here: http://prayercentral.net/engage-me/ways-to-pray/pray-with-acts/. When I say I'm going to pray for someone I always do it right at that moment so I don't forget about it! I'm not the best at remembering to pray for everyone each and every day. It's something I'm working on, too!

Rachel Emily said...

I so bad at intentional prayer. I pray many times during the day in quick bursts when something comes to my mind or I am feeling a certain way about something, but I'm so bad at setting aside time every day and pouring out my entire heart to the Lord!

Brittany said...

Every time I comment on some sort of post saying I'll pray for you I do it right then. I never want to say it and then not follow through. So whenever I say it I just take care of then and there :)

Jessie Jones said...

Love this. I agree with you on so many levels - and I think I struggle the most with praying out loud. It's just not my thing, as much as I love talking to Jesus. I'm more private about it for some reason.

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Audrey Louise said...

The hardest part of prayer for me is REMEMBERING those who need the prayers. Which is silly, because praying for that person on the spot totally eliminates that problem. Usually I pray when I'm lying in bed with a dog on my legs and my husband sleeping quietly next to me- it's when I'm most peaceful and grateful- so that's when I try to recall all those in need of prayer. Great post- I completely agree with all your thoughts and growth!

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Amber Thomas said...

Prayer has always been a struggle for me... Something about being a prayer warrior just irked me. To be honest, it's hard because it seems fruitless to me. Like I'm telling God how it all should go and then wondering how I'm changing anything when He already laid out the story. BUT THEN, I listen to Dr. Laura and when callers say they are going to pray about some tough situation, Dr. Laura will ask if the prayer is for comfort or for actual intercession.

And I realize, prayer isn't about Him serving my whims, but me turning the attention away from my discomfort and to His goodness. And then, I'm prayer for comfort, not for intercession. It seems controversial or opposite of what I learned as a child in church, but over the last decade I've learned that prayer is the place I hand over my (perceived) control of life and let go. That's comforting and thus, I win! :)

Ashten @ Just Go Left said...

I absolutely love this, Kalyn. I think praying for someone is an intimate practice and sometimes it's hard to know that right things to say for yourself, let along someone else! I've be practicing my prayers as well. Love you!

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