Jun 29 Care Mission
5 Tips to Praying with SomeoneWe offer to pray for people, but how often do we remember to follow through? Instead, take a moment to participate in prayer with someone when they need it most.
Your Care Mission:
Saying a prayer for someone is a powerful way to express how much you care. We offer to pray for people who face challenges in their health, homes, careers, or relationships. It is common to say, “I’ll keep you in my prayers,” but how often do we remember to do it? Even the best of intentions can be forgotten after a busy day.
This week, instead of offering to pray for someone (eventually), if someone needs a prayer, ask, “Would it be alright for me to pray with you right now?” This shared experience demonstrates your love and support. The person you’re praying for knows that God and you have their back in their moment of need.
Here are 5 helpful tips:
- Let go of being self-conscious. This isn’t a performance. It’s a conversation between you, the person you are praying with, and God. Don’t worry about how it looks.
- Let the words flow. Whether you are saying a common prayer or speaking from your heart, let your words be kind and sincere.
- Be okay with silence. Sometimes not everything needs to be spoken. Pause and let peace fill the space.
- Be respectful and sensitive. If someone needs a prayer, but doesn’t want you to pray with them spontaneously, that’s fine. Don’t take it personally (but do remember to pray for them later).
- Follow up. Don’t forget to check in and ask how they are doing. There may be more opportunities for prayer together.
How did saying a prayer with someone make you feel?
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