Recently I have taken seriously the gift of praying for other people. There are so many people who need prayer, and it is an honor to be able to join in and pray for those who need it. Prayer is neat because you can really do it anytime and anywhere…whether you are driving somewhere , taking a quick break from work , or when you are rocking a baby to sleep.
What renewed and inspired my praying for others was when the road pastor for Third Day, Nigel James, put a tweet out about praying for the band as they were working on a new album. At that time I committed to it via a tweet. For me, I figured as I was driving to and from work three times a week listening to their music, I would pray for God to bless their new album and work on it. My prayers for them was not just limited to that time, but that was the minimum.
From left to right: Mark Lee, Mac Powell, Nigel James, Tai
Anderson, David Carr, Scotty Wilbanks
I continued to do so while they were working on the album, and then I felt compelled to take each of the band members and pray for a whole week at a time for one specific member, their family, their music, etc. I felt it was also a nice gesture to try to let them know via social media that I was praying specifically for them. It made my day when one member replied that he appreciated it. I know the Lord is blessing them through the prayers, and I feel good doing what I felt led to do whether they respond or not.
When learning of a few other musicians that have been working on special projects, I have since expanded to include them in my weekly prayers.
It is an honor to be able to pray for people which usually ends up being in their time of need. I’m sure we all know of a friend who has lost a loved one, someone struggling with a chronic illness, the student needing prayer to help them survive their intense classes, the worker so overwhelmed with the stress of work, and the list goes on and on. Praying for them can make a difference in their life, and you will feel blessed in praying for them.
So I encourage you to pray for those you know who need prayer. There are so many needs in the world today, and you can help make a difference by praying. Letting the person know you have been praying specifically for them should bless them too.