Ever wonder after spending time with someone why it didn’t go better? Ever follow that up with, “Why didn’t I pray about our time together first?” More and more I am realizing that I need to be praying at the start of each day for my interactions with others that day. I am simply too sinful not to need to pray. Even if my time with someone goes OK, I know it could always go better if I first give that time over to the Lord.
Praying before meeting with people gets us in touch with our hearts. Praying first helps us realize if we’re stressed and consider why. It enables us to say things like, “Lord, I’m stressed about this other situation. Help me not be too distracted about this other situation to be able to be a good friend for them. Please allow this time with my friend to be all You desire it to be.” We might also pray things like, “Lord, I do not feel patient enough to deal with this person in a godly way today. Please supply me with the patience I need to love them well and honor You.”
Luke 2:36-37 NASB
“And there was a prophetess, Anna the daughter of Phanuel, of the tribe of Asher. She was advanced in years and had lived with her husband seven years after her marriage, and then as a widow to the age of eighty-four. She never left the temple, serving night and day with fastings and prayers.”
Anna fasted and prayed night and day. She never lacked something to pray about. I imagine that she would be one of those people you always wanted to know your prayer requests because you knew she’d pray for it! Many of us feel like we need to pray more, but run out of things to pray! What if we started by praying about our encounters with each human being we came into contact with? What if we just prayed for that person before or after seeing them?
Do you run out of prayers to pray? Try praying for those you come into contact with each day. Consider asking someone you know how you can pray for them. God hears our prayers! Amen!
This is an excerpt from my upcoming book.