Commitment to Prayer
When we work, we work; but when we pray, God works.
What would happen if you made a decision to pray for somebody every single day for the next month?
This is a question that somebody in my Friday morning men’s group posed to the group last week as we were closing up our time together.
We talk a lot about doing things for people, and we talk about wanting to share our faith. But do we put prayer behind it? And what would it look like if we put corporate prayer behind these requests?
In other words, what would happen if a whole group of men (or a whole group of people) made the conscious decision to pray for the same person every sing day for the next month?
Do not be anxious about anything but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your request to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:6-7
I think there is amazing power behind prayer. That power may be to impact the person for whom we are praying, but I also think there is amazing power to impact our own lives and the lives of those in the group of people who are praying corporately for the same person.
On Friday, my group decided we were going to pray for three people for the next 30 days, and I am interested to see what happens to the people for whom we are praying and for the people in our group.
“If you are willing to invite God to involve himself in your daily challenges, you will experience his prevailing power – in your home, in your relationships, in the marketplace, in the schools, in the church, wherever it is most needed.” Bill Hybels – Too Busy Not To Pray
Have you ever made that kind of commitment – to pray for someone every day for a month? What was the impact on your life? What was the impact on those for whom you were praying? I’d love to hear your thoughts and experiences in the comments.
For other interesting articles on prayer, check out these links:
- Prayer Thoughts (Jon Stolpe Stretched)
- W2R Take Home 2: Make Prayer A Priority In Our Marriage (Jon Stolpe Stretched)
- Why Pray? (Rob Shepherd)
- How Are You Going To Pray In 2016? (Larry Carter)
- Pray Anyway (Shawn Washburn)