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When you say, “I’ll Pray for You.”

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I looked for someone among them who would build up the wall and stand before me in the gap on behalf of the land so I would not have to destroy it, but I found no one. So I will pour out my wrath on them and consume them with my fiery anger, bringing down on their own heads all they have done, declares the Sovereign LORD.
Ezekiel 22:30-31

 

My friends,

It seems there is so much to pray about these days, doesn’t it?

On Facebook, I wonder if “I’ll pray for you” isn’t my most used phrase.

I also have to wonder. Am I true to my word?

Here is why I ask: I have said the words often, but not until recently did I mean it and follow through. I would comment to be nice or to make them feel better, but I would not often follow through with prayer.

YUCK!

Recently, I was writing those same four words on a post and I was convicted of the grievous sin I was committing. Though I did intend to and hope to remember to pray for this person, I knew that in reality, I would not.

Why did I offer to pray for them? Same reasons as listed above. It all boils down to Pride. Ugly old Pride.

What a wonderful blessing that the Lord showed me the error of my ways so clearly and sweetly. It was then that I knew that something had to change. I have this wonderful prayer notebook that I purchased years ago. It has wonderful tabs and areas inside, one of them is prayer requests.

I dug out my old prayer notebook and opened it up for the first time in years. What a blessing to find those pages waiting for me. I opened the prayer request tab and right there, on the first page, I started a list of Facebook Friends needing prayer. I then got out my colored highlighters and started keeping track. This not only reminds me to pray but to encourage some of my dearest friends while online.

I would encourage you, if you say you will pray for someone, please follow through. The amazing part is that this prayer has changed me more than anything else. It has drawn me closer to my Lord and closer to my friends as well.

The LORD looks down from heaven 
   on all mankind 
to see if there are any who understand, 
   any who seek God.
Psalm 14:2

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