Will You Pray for Me?
I was recently reminded how important it is to say what you mean and mean what you say.
One of my students (5 years old) told me a couple of weeks ago that her grandpa had surgery on his arm. She acted a little worried so I told her that I would pray for him.
I will never forget the expression on her face when she asked, “Because God can make it better, right?” It wasn’t like she was questioning it – it was more like she was looking to get an AMEN!
When she walked into the classroom the next school day, she totally caught me off guard when she asked me if I remembered to pray for her grandpa. Mercy.
It’s so easy to comfort someone by telling them that you’ll pray for them, isn’t it? And it’s easy to forget to follow through.
I often get so consumed with what’s happening in my own little world that I forget to do the one thing that can truly make a difference for someone.
Words that were meant to be comforting become meaningless.
When I was a little girl, my mom would hate it when her stepmother would call to see if I could spend the day with her. I loved being with her and would sit on our front porch – waiting for her car to pull into our driveway. So many of those times, for reasons I will never know, she didn’t show up. My mom would call me inside and would try her best to take my mind off of my disappointment.
Mean what you say, and say what you mean.
Well, when this same little girl came into our classroom yesterday, she asked me if I was sick when she discovered that I was losing my voice. Once again, she caught me off guard and said that she would pray for me. Whew…
Maybe she’ll forget – but I believe this little gal gets it. Somewhere, somehow – she has learned the importance of prayer. She obviously believes in its power.
How about you? Are you committed to praying for yourself, your family, and for others? If so, have you taken the time to teach your children by praying with them? I think the above example says it all.
They are never too young to learn, and we’re never too old to forget.
The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. 2 Cor. 10:4
Lead me to the rock that is higher than I. For You have been a shelter for me, A strong tower from the enemy. I will abide in Your tabernacle forever; I will trust in the shelter of Your wings. Psalm 61:2-4