If you've ever met Christians (we're guessing you have :)), you've probably heard the 'I'm praying for you' response to a rough situation. Maybe you've even said it yourself. The problem is, 'I'm praying for you' can be a good conversational filler (a cliché) when we don't know what else to say, and we may not even end up saying a prayer for them. Next time, instead of saying those words, we could pray for the person right there and then.
There's something so supernaturally powerful about praying for others. In 1 Samuel 7:5, Samuel prayed for the people around him, and it made such a difference (read the full story in 1 Samuel 7:3-12). You see, when we stand by someone in prayer, God takes note. And He acts. We don't always know how He's going to sort a situation out, but we can bank on the fact that He will.
While we're talking about prayer, it's good to be thankful to the people who say they are praying for us and who actually do! They are going out of their way to take up the weapon that God offers and stand alongside us.
So what now? There's a fairly strong possibility that someone in your life is facing something really difficult. Call them, or send them a text or an email, and tell them you're praying for them, and actually put the time in to pray! Prayer will help them.
Soulfood : Ex 1-3, Lk 24:45-53, Ps 51, Prov 25:23-25