We are so grateful to have our lovely friend, Stef Layton, guest blog for us today! We welcome you to take a few moments to enjoy these words from her!
I love to pray for my friends. I always want to lift them up, but often when I snag a few quiet moments I have a hard time remembering who to pray for and what to pray exactly. In those moments my prayers feel forced and become a hard labor to articulate my heart's desire for the special people in my life. Time slips by as I become a mumbling rushed fool. Ridiculous as it sounds, but my ability to be a good friend feels judged by the dust bunnies in the room. They snicker as I draw blanks trying to remember children's names, important requests, and what to say next. All my "good intentions" get wrapped up in a quick, "bless my friends - You know who they are and what they are going through .. amen." Wouldn't a good friend know what they are going through? Wouldn't a good friend know who they are?!
One day I picked up my phone to text a friend. Unable to reach her, I left a voicemail and immediately prayed for her. The words flowed and I actually remembered her children's names. I even prayed for their little young faith to be strengthened.
As I looked at my text messages I noticed all these wonderful names of people I care so much about. So, name by name ~ down the list I took a minute to lift each one of them up in prayer.
"Lord I pray for Amy and her beautiful daughters. Please protect them and draw them closer to you. Thank you for the gift of athleticism you have given her girls. I pray they all are filled with the fullness of God. Help them to discern Your truth from the world's lies. Lead them. Amen".
Down my text list I went praying for friends, their spouses, their children, their ministries, their jobs, their travels, and their faith. I ran out of names on my text list before I ran out of words to lift up to God.
If you find yourself struggling to start a habit of prayer, or looking for better ways to remind yourself to set aside time to pray ... you do not have to go farther than your phone. It's practically attached to us nowadays anyway. What better way to use it than to pray for the special people in your text messages!
If your children have phones encourage them to practice "text prayers". If your children have texting apps - go down the list of names on their contacts list and help them pray for their friends.
What better way to be a friend than to pray for our friends?