THERE’S NOT A RIGHT OR WRONG WAY to pray for others; any sincere prayer of the heart seems valid to me.
My own practice of intercessory prayer has been changing over time. One day when I received a disturbing phone call about a friend’s illness, I felt my heart twist. As I wrestled with the question in my head, How shall I pray for her? I felt as if God was saying You just did! … In a mysterious holy process, God already had heard the prayer of my heart.
We pray more unspoken prayers than we realize. … Sometimes our words don’t match the desire of our hearts. Perhaps we’re mouthing sentiments that don’t reflect our inner feelings honestly. Congruence between our intentions and prayers is vital. … Sometimes a sincere prayer for someone else involves putting legs on our prayer, taking the time to ask (or imagine) what this person truly needs. Instead of dropping off a casserole or a cake (so that we can check that off a to-do list), we might discover that assistance with housecleaning, a sack of disposable dinnerware, or someone to feed and house pets for a few days is the critical need.
– Linda Douty
Praying in the Messiness of Life
From page 81 of Praying in the Messiness of Life: 7 Ways to Renew Your Relationship with God by Linda Douty. Copyright ©2011 by Linda Douty. All rights reserved. Used by permission of Upper Room Books. http://bookstore.upperroom.org/ Learn more about or purchase this book.
Think of a need someone has who is close to you. Can you put that need in the form of a prayer? Share your thoughts.
Praise the LORD! Sing to the LORD a new song, his praise in the assembly of the faithful.
Psalm 149:1, NRSV
This Week: pray for those affected by natural disasters. Submit your prayer to The Upper Room Living Prayer Center or share it in the comment section.
Did You Know?
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This week we remember: Mother Teresa of Calcutta (August 13).
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