I want to be a prayerful person. I know prayer makes all the difference and I want to actually pray when I say I will. It is so easy to offer the reassurance of praying for others but then get busy, distracted or forgetful. So, I have developed a habit of ‘immediate prayer' which is quite simply interjecting with a 'shall we just stop and pray about that right now?'.
“Let your gentleness be apparent to all. The Lord is near. Be anxious for nothing, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus…”
So I do this... I bump into Lynne at the shops, we have a little chit-chat, she says she's had a headache for a few days. I offer to pray... it takes her slightly off guard and is momentarily awkward but up goes the prayer in the fruit and veg aisle. She texts me an hour later to say that the headache is gone. Thanks to God.
At the school gates Miriam, a Muslim friend from Turkey complains of a persistent headache for 4 days. After a short prayer right there on the playground and in Jesus' name she is healed. The next time I see her she tells me about her dream a few nights later of me standing in front of her and holding a cross in my hand! Do I know what this means?
On another occasion, my Muslim neighbour was telling me of her attempts to get back into work after 5 children and 20 years out of the workforce. She spoke of her lack of self-belief and disappointment at two job interviews that were unsuccessful. The next interview was looming... on the side of the road we lifted up this interview and the Lord's plans for her life in the "mighty name of Jesus". A day or two passed and I didn't see her.... had I offended her with my prayer? The next morning, she came running over in her slippers excitedly telling me that my prayers had been answered! We have had many conversations about faith, the Bible, morality and our kids!
Prayer is an all the time and in every place activity as our God is ever present and everywhere.
Kirstie is mum to some members of ST youth. She doesn't hang about when it comes to prayer. Who needs your immediate prayer this week?