I am praying for you!
I’ll admit when someone says that the cynical part of me thinks …
Do you mean it?
Will you actually pray for me?
What will you pray for?
I want to believe it and I know it is said with the best of intentions. But to be honest there are only a select group people that when they say that to me, I really believe will actually do it.
Sometimes “I will pray for you” can come across as a “well bless your heart”.
Both can be a genuine heartfelt expression, both can be used as a softer way of expressing sarcasm, a way to say goodbye or a means to stop a conversation.
Unlike bless your heart, prayer is opening a direct communication with God, and I believe should be very intentional.
I am guilty of it myself, telling someone I will pray and then forgetting, or when I did pray I didn’t remember why.
What if we stopped before we said that and either asked if we could pray with them right there, or ask in what way we could be praying for them during the week?
This would deepen the relationship as well as give both of you ways to see how God will answer that prayer.
I have been deeply touched and have left a conversation feeling hope when people have prayed with me or asked for a specific request.
Here are ways to help make praying for someone more intentional
1. Pick a specific day for intercessory prayer
Prayers are a part of my every day but Wednesday is the day that I add intercessory prayers for others.
2. Keep a record of those you are praying for and their request
Writing down other’s concerns helps you remember what their
struggles are and you could even look up a scripture that could comfort them
3. Follow up
This could be a handwritten card, an email, phone call or even a quick time to meet and pray together. Your personal concern means a lot.
Intentional, intercessory prayers are what we are called to do.
In the same way, prayer is essential in this ongoing warfare. Pray hard and long. Pray for your brothers and sisters. Keep your eyes open. Keep each other’s spirits up so that no one falls behind or drops out.
Being able to connect with those you are praying for and hearing the stories of how God is working in their lives will bless your heart.
Click here for your Intentional Prayer download. Pick a day that you will pray for others and follow up.
I’d love to hear how intentional prayer has blessed you and the follow up answers.
You can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org