Coming out of great conversation at our MEN WHO READ group (meets Monday nights out on the picnic tables at church) I wanted to share with you a challenge that I gave to the guys – something specific to do in the next week. It is a practice I have tried to implement into my own life in the last few years.
The challenge: instead of saying to someone, “I’ll pray for you.”, instead ask them, “May I pray for you right now?” Whether on the phone, in the lobby at church or across the backyard fence – whatever their need is – pray for them out loud right there! Just a brief, sincere prayer on their behalf. I have never had a person tell me no.
The benefits: The person may at first be a bit taken back but then really appreciates the gesture of love, support and encouragement. What a fantastically simple way to build community and communicate love. Plus, I must admit – most of the time when I tell a person I’ll pray for them – I forget. If I pray immediately upon learning of their need then it doesn’t require me to remember – boom! – It’s done!
?Try it. See how it goes.