When All You Can Do is Pray
My sister became a believer that year. Five of my cousins were baptized that year. My brother the next year.
I spent that year teaching English in China and praying for my family because that was “all I could do” for them.
Another teacher and I decided to get together once a week to pray for our family members that didn’t know God. During the week, we also prayed for our family in different areas of their lives each day. I don’t remember the exact list, but it went something like this:
Pray that our families would be surrounded by Christians, long for God, and hear Him…
- Sunday: in their rest
- Monday: in their jobs
- Tuesday: in their friendships
- Wednesday: in their finances
- Thursday: in the media
- Friday: in their social activities
- Saturday: in their hobbies
While I was doing what seemed like “all I could do” since I was an ocean away, God worked in amazing ways in the lives of those I prayed for. I was praying daily for my family, rather than my method when in the States of occasionally praying while I did the heavy lifting of impacting their lives.
When I was physically out of the way, God could work more because I relied on Him to do all the things. I give God a “don’t worry about it, I can get this one” more often than I’d like to admit.
Unbelievable that after that year of watching Him work, I still forget how impacting prayer can be. So often prayer feels like the passive thing to offer, but nothing could be more active than true, on-the-knees praying.
Holding others up in prayer isn’t something we do when it’s “all we can do.” It is one of the most important things we can do for another person.
It’s not too late to join us in praying for someone every day this month. Ask someone “how can I pray for you today?”.