I know most of you have heard the saying “prayer changes things,” right? This is one of those sayings that couldn’t be more true! Praying can change many things, but while we are able to ask God for the desires of our heart, it is also important to remember that we thank him for what he has done, is doing, and will do for us moving forward in life. There is a lot of power in prayer, but a lot of us struggle with consistent prayer and putting God before everything. He should be the most important person in your life, and sometimes he’ll break you way down, just to prove the point that you need him in your life. If for any reason you think you don’t, you’re wrong. If you think that you’ve gotten where you are just because of who you are, you’re wrong. You are who you are and where you are because God is creating the path for you. Don’t get it twisted babe. Prayer is super important, and it’s important that we not only pray for ourselves, but pray for our families, friends, co-workers, and maybe even those that you don’t even know. You may be reading this and thinking, “I never pray, but have everything I want, so she’s wrong,” but have you ever thought about the possibility that maybe you’ve gotten the things that you desired in life because someone else was praying for you?
1 John 5:15 (NLT Version) – “And since we know he hears us when we make our requests, we also know that he will give us what we ask for.”
If you have trouble remembering to pray, I’d like to share with you some ideas to help you remember to pray, not just for yourself, but for others throughout the day! It is important to remember to pray for others just as often as we pray for ourselves!
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Job 42:10 – “When Job prayed for his friends, the Lord gave him twice as much as before!”
#1: Create A Prayer List
Work towards creating a prayer list for those that you’d like to pray for on a daily basis. If you’re thinking that you’d rather not write down notes everywhere, simply create the list on your cell phone. Most everyone has some sort of iPhone or Android and taking notes is as easy as a quick download. You can even set reminders throughout the day to remind you of your list. Creating the list is helpful, because how many times do we leave someone out? We definitely don’t want to do that, so writing it down helps us to remember everyone that is on the list. Adding the list on your phone to your actual calendar will provide the reminder and list at the same time. Having everything all in one place is helpful and makes it easier for us to follow through.
#2: Take A Break & Think About It
Sometimes we get so wrapped up in what we’re doing that we just don’t take a moment to pray. Slow down and take a small break to pray and think. It’s important to set time aside to pray and taking a small moment during your day isn’t going to break things for you. You got this!
John 15:16 – “You didn’t choose me. I chose you. I appointed you to go and produce lasting fruit, so that the Father will give you whatever you ask for, using my name.”
#3: Do It Now
When the thought of praying for someone else crosses your mind, stop and do it right in that moment. There are so many times when I see a post on Facebook when someone needs prayer and the comments all say “praying,” “praying for you,” etc., but does each of those people actually stop what they’re doing to actually pray? Its becoming something to say, when the reality is the friend actually needs that prayer. The moment the thought of praying for someone else crosses your mind, stop what you’re doing and say a quick prayer for that person.
#4: Prayer Prompts
Think of things that could possibly prompt you to pray. Maybe every church you pass, school, or certain building of significance that you pass on your route to work or home, you take time to pray for your friends, family or strangers. I know it sounds weird to pray for people you don’t know, but it’s important that you do it anyway. I always say a prayer when I see an emergency vehicle on the roadway. I take a moment to pray for the person that they are responding to and hope everything turns out okay. Get creative with this one!
When taking a moment to pray for yourself, remember to ask the Lord for forgiveness of your own sins. I usually start off every prayer with this because we’re all sinners, but not every sin is intentional so we don’t always realize that’s what we’re doing. Asking for forgiveness is imperative.
2 Chronicles 7:14 – “Then if my people who are called by my name will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sins and restore their land.”
I know sometimes we focus on asking, asking and asking for things for ourselves when we pray. Don’t we sometimes get on our kids about always asking for things? We tend to find it frustrating when we take the kids in the store and they constantly ask for things, but never seem to appreciate what they already have, right? So let’s not do this with God. Thank him for what he has done for you, pray for others and their well-being and the things you deserve will come to you. It’s important to remember that the Lord already knows the desires of our heart. You can definitely pray for yourself, but don’t forget those around you, even those you don’t know!
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