How many times has someone said to you, “I’ll be praying for you” or “you’re in my prayers”? Do you ever wonder if they really do pray for you? Are they saying those things to sound religious or make themselves look good? Is it just a shallow expression of some concern for your need?
How many times have you said the same things? Maybe someone has told you of a real need they have and without much thought you’ve quickly said “I’ll pray with you about that”. Do you ever give it another thought? What if it’s a life or death situation and you don’t pray about it? Could a life be depending on your prayer?
I have to admit I’ve done that. I always feel guilty when I tell someone I’ll pray then don’t. I’m trying to correct that. I want my words to mean something and when I tell a person I’ll pray for them I want to follow through and do it.
It’s become just like saying “God bless you” when someone sneezes. It’s just a ‘christianeze’ expression. Many times it means nothing.
And here’s another thing. Sometimes we say we’ll pray when there is something else that should be done. Maybe we need to do something besides praying. You know there are some things we don’t have to pray about. Like being a good Samaritan. Or someone is cold and we have a coat we can give them; someone is thirsty and we can give them water. We don’t have to pray about things like that. A brother has a financial need and we can fill it. There’s no need to pray about that. Just do it! This is very scriptural by the way, “when you’ve done it unto the least of these……”.
Next time you say you’ll pray for someone make sure you do it. Or maybe you should just write the check!
Cogitate on this for a while!