2015-01-01 - Praying Forward
A promise made is a debt unpaid. - Robert W. Service
I ran into this quote a few days ago for the first time. It has latched on to my thoughts. One thing I've been trying to be more attentive to is prayer this past year. By the grace of God there is improvement. Not necessarily hours spent in prayer, but holding on mentally to things that need to be covered in prayer. One of my college friends lost his best friend from high school last week. It was exactly one year to the day that we all lost a mutual friend from college to cancer. Please pray with me for my friend we will call M.
The thought that has followed me the most is the number of times I have promised to pray for someone and remembered days later. If a promise is indeed and unpaid debt then promised prayer is a debt with potentially eternal consequences.
When someone asks for prayer - why not right now? Again, it doesn't have to be long or filled with big theological words. God wants to hear our hearts. If we have our own children, or nephews and nieces, or grandchildren - do we not want to talk with them and share time with them? It's easy to see that God would want the same with us.
Connect with your friend and share a short prayer raising their concern to God's heart. When someone does this for me it tells me that my friend has taken my request seriously, and that they care. Be blessed in blessing them.
Phil 4:6-7 Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. 7 And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
Blessed New Year,
All verses are from the New American Standard Bible (NASB) unless otherwise noted.