Here’s the prompt today from over at Revgals.
“I am always grateful for the prayers of others, but I am especially touched when someone asks, “How may I pray for you?”
During this season of fullness, how may we pray for each other?”
How may we :
1. Pray for you?
Why is this the hardest question to answer today? (every day?)
I guess I’d ask prayers for self awareness, humility (the good kind), and confidence (also the good kind). I’m trying to be the best version of myself, but don’t ever want to be a jerk about it.
2. Pray for someone you carry on your heart?
Don’t mean to be too vague with this one, but there are people I love who traffic in anxiety. It is the emotional language they speak. And I would ask your prayers that they could experience something other than anxiety. I would ask prayers for their sense of peace, and trust, and faith, and confidence that the unknown future will turn out to be loving.
And I have a number of friends right now whose children or spouses are dealing with cancer and disease. Prayers for healing and shalom.
3. Offer thanksgiving with you?
Alden gave me permission to share this one. He got into a great university! We are still waiting to hear from a few others (and should know by next week) but the first acceptance is a big relief. To be clear, nobody is surprised the kid got in to a good school. He’s a smart kid and a good student. But still. Nice to get an acceptance. And if we could be done with this whole college search business by Christmas? Wouldn’t that be nice….
Will keep you posted about where he will end up next year.
4. Ask God’s blessing in your life?
I experience God’s blessing each day. Very grateful to get paid to do a job that is also a calling and that matches my skills to the work so well. Thankful for so many people who love me and support me and fill my life with laughter. Grateful for health, and a warm home in a cold winter, and an abundance of, well, everything.
So, I guess I would pray to continue to have eyes to see blessing through it all.
5. Lift up anything else in your heart?
For the congregation I serve. Southminster is such a great congregation. And we have lots of great things going on right now. My prayer for us is that the “growing pain” is offset by the many good things that come with growth. Prayers that the energy and potential will lead to renewed discipleship, stronger relationships, and increased ministry in the community.
How can we pray for each other?