When I was a pastor, people would often come to me with their problems. I’d tell them I’d pray for them. Sometimes I’d forget. OMG! Not good. Have you ever done that?
Have you ever said you’d pray for someone, did it once, but never again. “Well, at least I did what I said I would.” Not much better.
What if someone said they’d pray for you and actually did it? Over and over. Daily. That’s what I’m talking about.
In the weeks leading up to Easter, the Church has traditionally emphasized three practices – fasting, prayer, and almsgiving. Fasting gets much of the attention since it is so challenging and teaches us so much. I struggle along with everyone else. Almsgiving is a newer practice that is gently becoming more a part of my life.
But, prayer…wow! What can I say? I’m one fortunate guy. Prayer has been a gift God has given me; one I’ve tried to open and live into with my whole heart. Seriously, I really don’t want to sound proud or pious. This is not something I’ve done for myself. My whole life is not prayer as a monastic’s would be. Yet, I’ve got the opportunity of a lifetime to learn to commune with God all day long in the chaos of every day life. I’m not very good at it, but at least I’ve got the opportunity and am giving it a good shot.
So, what’s the deal? Here it is: For the next 8 weeks I am committing to pray specifically for you — if you will let me know that’s something you want me to do.
I already pray for you in a general sense – “Lord, have mercy on every person who reads The UnCommmon Journey.” But, I am committing to move my prayer for you to another level…only if you’ll let me know.
You can let me know of specific needs or just give me a name. You don’t have to give me detailed background. Just a name will do. You don’t even have to tell me how you relate to them. A name will do. OK?
First name. Last name. “Pet” name. Secret name. It doesn’t matter. No imaginary names, please. 🙂
You can send the name(s) to [email protected] or use the “comment” section below. I promise not to share the name(s) you give on the blog. I will not allow readers to see the name in the comment section. (I have a way of controlling what is seen in the comment section.) This is just between you and me.
Please send me the name(s), info, etc. this week since I want to begin praying for you ASAP.
There are a lot of things I can’t do in ministry anymore. But the one thing I can do is pray.
I offer this for you!! Take advantage of it. No strings attached. It’s free. All it costs you is a name or names.