How often do you pray for your friends? It’s easy to promise prayer and then quickly forget. Or maybe you’re on the other end of the spectrum and you get overwhelmed because you try to pray for all your friends. Neither of these are part of a healthy prayer life. Here are some ideas to fix it!
The “I’m Praying for You” syndrome It’s easy to say this as a response to a friend who’s going through something stressful and then forget about it. One way to avoid this is to do something to make sure you remember, like writing yourself a note. Another way is to pray for her right there. The good thing about praying right then and there is that you can’t forget later and more importantly it’ll show her that you really do care and you’re not just saying it.
Too Much There’s not really such a thing as too much prayer, but sometimes it can get overwhelming if you try to pray for everyone you know! Personally, I run in to this a lot. Once I pray for one person I feel a little guilty if I don’t pray for that person and that person and that other person. First of all it’s not a sin to not pray for someone, but that doesn’t mean that you should just blow it off either. Try making a list (my personal philosophy is that lists, like chocolate, just make everything better! 🙂 ). On Monday pray for your best friends, on Tuesday pray for the girls on your volleyball team, on Wednesday pray for you parents and siblings, etc. This way you’ll remember the people you really need to pray for and instead of 30 three second prayers, you can actually give each person the time they deserve!
What about you? What category do you fall under? How do you remember to pray for others?
“Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working.” -James 5:16
Check back in a few days to read about praying with others.