“Bear each other’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.” — Galatians 6:2 (NKJV)
Have you ever had someone ask you to remember them in prayer and weeks later you saw them and was embarrassed that you had forgotten the request? A wise lady suggested to me that I ask to pray on the spot with the words, ”Can we pray now?”
We may be thinking what will those around us think? Will the person making the request think I view myself as a “super spiritual” person if I offer to pray with them right then?
I used to be a “sit down” in a private atmosphere to pray one-on-one with another person for their need. I still like this approach best but with the challenging times we are living in it seems more and more people are being hit with challenging situations.
We need the boldness to say, “Let’s pray now.” We can pull aside in the market place or wherever we are and pray with the person. In addition to meeting the person’s need for prayer, it is a witness to anyone who may see this.
One day while getting a hair cut, the stylist was very upset over his eye problem which had just manifested the day before. The Dr. told him if it did not clear up he would have to have surgery for the stopped up lymph duct. As I stood up to leave I said, “May I pray for your eye now? He consented and I reached out, put my hand on his eye, and prayed a short prayer asking the Lord to open the duct as a sign of His power. He hugged me and thanked me. The next time I was in the shop he reported that his eye was clear when he woke up the morning after we prayed.
God is waiting to manifest Himself and His power in our world. I am not suggesting every request will have such a dramatic answer, but once the prayer is offered it is before the throne. Let us determine to be alert to the nudges of the Holy Spirit and be quick to say, “Let’s pray now.”
© Peggy Park