Sometimes, I wonder how empty does, “I’m praying for you sound,”? When you tell someone that is going through a hard time, “I’m praying for you,” it just seems too easy to say. Currently, my family is going through a bit of a struggle and I wish that I could physically be there with them. However, due to distance, I can’t. Yet, it seems all I can do is to tell them, “I’m praying for you.” It just doesn’t seem like enough.
When you read the Bible you find time and time again verses discussing prayer and the power of prayer. Philippians 4:6 tells us that we are to always be praying and make requests to God, “Be careful for nothing; but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.”
Another verse tells us that God hears all our prayers. Psalms 66:20 “Blessed be God, which hath not turned away my prayer, nor his mercy from me.”
Why is it than that I feel that saying, “I’m praying for you,” isn’t enough? Well, it’s because I love my family so much that I hate to see anyone of them suffer. I want their pain to go away in an instant and I want to wave a magic wand and make everything right again. However, we know that pray doesn’t work that way. If it did, all the glory would then be on us and not on God.
What my family is going through, I believe, is God is working in their lives. He is preparing them for something that only God knows right now. God knows my heart when I tell my family I’m praying for them. He will answer my prayers, but maybe not as fast I think they should be answered. He will answer according to His perfect timing.
Matthew 7:11 “If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him!”
True, I do believe sometimes we throw that phrase, “I’m praying for you,” around a lot. I have been guilty of saying that to someone and then forgetting entirely to pray for them. True, sometimes when we become uncomfortable we say we will pray for someone just to feel better about ourselves. What we need to do is to be more aware of how powerful prayer is.
Prayer is powerful. When we prayer we are talking to God; we are talking to our Creator! It is good to offer prayer to someone going through a hard time and sometimes that is all we can do. Just make sure that your heart is true when you say that and make sure you follow through. When God’s people pray, God hears those prayers. He knows your heart and your intentions. Our hearts need to pray in truth.
Psalm 145:18 “The LORD is near to all who call on him, to all who call on him in truth.”
Pray for those who are suffering around you. God may use you to help them in some way, but He will always listen to your prayers and will always answer prayers. Telling someone you will pray for them is powerful. It is what God commands us to do. If all it seems you can do is pray, then pray with a pure a fervent heart and trust in the Lord, that He will help the person you for whom you’re praying.
Written By: Little Kristy