In this busy world full of stress and frustration, there's nothing sweeter than a message from a friend saying they're praying for you. This past week I had several friends send me messages that literally put me in the ugly cry zone. To have someone take their time to pray for me and then tell me so--it's a very humbling experience. I've recently coined this experience "kisses on my forehead from God"--like God is using people to be His hands and feet.
With See You At The Pole happening this Wednesday, Sept 22, (a nationwide event where students meet at their school's flagpole to pray,) I felt prompted to talk about prayer. I remember our pastor saying "the problem isn't that they've taken prayer out of the schools; the problem is that we stopped praying at home!" Ouch--my toes got stepped on!
I've learned that if God puts someone's name on your heart, pray for them immediately--there's a reason He did that. My senior year of high school, I went on a snow ski trip. I was inner tubing down a hill and hit a tree face first. (Rachel says it explains a lot!) When I got home, my mom asked me if it happened around 2pm (why, yes it did!) She had an urgent feeling to start praying for me at that time! I'm so glad she prayed immediately. Never underestimate the power of a praying mom. Well, actually, it's the power of a mighty God through a praying mom!
Years ago, my friend, Tina, kept thinking of someone all day. She prayed for her and wanted to text her a word of encouragement; sadly, the day got busy, and she forgot to text til the next day. The friend said, "thank you, but I really could have used that yesterday." It reminded her that when prompted to do something, do it immediately!
We count it a privilege to pray for you. So many of you have shared your lives with us, and I just want you to know that when your name pops into my mind, I pray for you. We actually have a little prayer box at our front desk that you can put your prayer requests in.
Until next time, stop by, get a hug, and let us know how we can pray for you!