“I’ll pray for you.”
How often have you told someone these 4 powerful words and then forgotten to actually pray? I’m ashamed to admit that I’ve let these words slip off my tongue without the discipline of follow through.
So I’ve been trying to only speak these words if I mean them. I don’t want I’ll pray for you to become a trite conversational phrase. Instead, I decided to make a few changes.
Here are 5 ways to remember to pray for someone:
Tell someone you lifted them up in prayer after you spent time on your knees for them.
Don’t you feel loved when someone shares with you that they thought about and prayed for you? Commit some time in prayer for someone and tell them afterwards.
Send a text or an email and let them know you’ve been praying for them and thinking about them. As you pray, ask the Lord if there’s a verse you could share with them.
If you tell someone you’re praying, then do it right away!
So what about those Facebook prayer requests? Of course, I want to support my friends through prayer and let them know right away. Sometimes I’ll pray right after I type the words “Praying!”
Wherever you are, just pray for them right then and there. Remember them throughout the day. Pray for them in your car or while you’re working out at the gym.
Write the prayer request down!
Maybe you’re talking to someone at church and they share a need with you. Write the request down in the note section of your phone. If you’re like me and you forget names easily, quickly jot down their name.
The next time you see the person, call them by their name and ask how they’re doing. Let them know you’ve been praying for them. Are you in a Bible Study where women share prayer requests, and you scramble to find a place to write them down?
I’ve included a free prayer request printable at the end of this post for you!
Write out a Scripture Prayer for Them
Find a verse and pray it back to God for someone. Insert their name in the verse and claim it for them in prayer. For example,
Isaiah 35:3 Strengthen the feeble hands steady the knees that give way; say to _______ with a fearful heart, Be strong _______, do not fear; your God will come!
Share the request with someone else!
If the prayer request isn’t private and it’s ok to share, then tell your prayer warrior friends who will commit to praying. Share with a small group or a prayer chain.
Pray for them out loud!
Have you ever felt the Holy Spirit prompting your heart to pray out loud for someone? We have a few women in our church who are bold and lay hands on the hurting and pray for people as the Spirit leads. It’s always a powerful thing to see.
Some women aren’t afraid to do this. But even if you are, it doesn’t mean you can’t or shouldn’t. I’ve been trying to be obedient to the Lord when I feel Him pulling on my heart strings to pray for someone out loud.
Sometimes my heart begins to pound and I feel nervous, but I’ve never regretted it. Even when the words don’t flow eloquently, it’s the thought that counts.
I’ll never forget the moments when someone stopped what they were doing to lay hands on me in prayer.
A pastor prayed out loud for my husband and I when we were going through infertility and went forward for prayer at a marriage conference.
When my mother-in-law died, I had a newborn baby and wasn’t able to sleep at all for days. My pastor’s wife came to my house and prayed with me.
When my five-year-old was falling asleep on a city sidewalk after hitting her head, I was a nervous wreck because my husband needed to rush her to the ER and I had to stay behind to pick up my kids from school.
A stranger walking by sensed our panic and laid his hands on us and prayed.
As I waited in the ER for her cat scan, another mom came over and prayed over her bedside. Thank God, she was ok! I will never forget these times.
It’s as if God showed up to tell me He was right there.
Your prayers may forever touch lives and remind people of God’s love for them.
Do you remember a time when someone prayed for you? How do you pray for others?
I would love for you to share in the comment section below.