A lot of times Christians change the world one of two ways: litigation or sharing pictures of a girl with sandwich ham on her face to equal ten prayers…
Sandwich ham is not a disease although it may contribute to a high sodium result in your blood work. It is literally just a kid playing with her food. But anyway, it’s how we change the world.
“I’ll pray for you” is a huge burden off our shoulders. It’s what we say when we see someone in trouble, when they try to share their burden with us. Or when someone comes to us and asks for prayer, we give them the promise that at some point in the future we will pray for them.
When I hear a christian telling someone that they will pray for them I think of this:
Woman: Someone please help! This man is choking! Is there a doctor in the house?
Christian: I’m a christian! I’ll pray for him! Bless his heart.
My hypothetical christian is from the south by the way. We are under contractual obligation to end at least 45% of our sentences with some form of ‘Bless his heart’.
James 5:13-16 – Is anyone among you suffering? Let him pray. Is anyone cheerful? Let him sing praise. Is anyone among you sick? Let him call for the elders of the church, and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord. And the prayer of faith will save the one who is sick, and the Lord will raise him up. And if he has committed sins, he will be forgiven. Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working.
We aren’t supposed to just pray for people whenever we remember to:
1 Thessalonians 5: 16-18 – Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.
‘Without ceasing’ is how we should pray for people. If prayer is all you can do, then do it always. With them right on the spot, even. Telling them that you’ll ‘pray for them’ doesn’t give rest to their heart. Trust me. Neither does a sad face with a pat on a shoulder. It’s about as much as trying to figure out the ratio of Facebook shares to Prayers.
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