Thursday, October 15, 2015

Are you a prayer warrior or a prayer worrier?

Philippians 4:6-7 NIV
“Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.  And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

Luke 12:25 NIV
“Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to your life?”

Sometimes when I pray for someone, I find myself preoccupied with their situation.  Have you ever done that?  You pray for someone but you find yourself troubling over them all day long.  You make a wrong turn picking up your kids from school because your mind wanders to their prayer request.  I’ve heard people say this might be happening because God wants you to contact that person.  That might be true.  If you’re a little like me, you can be a bit of a prayer worrier.  Prayer becomes worrying for that person instead of truly interceding.  Sometimes I have trouble leaving that person and their prayer request in the hands of God.  I made myself a little sign earlier this week to help.  It read:

I love _________ even more than you do.  You can pray for ___ buy don’t worry about ___.  I hear you and I am working in ways more wonderful than you can imagine. 
I put this paper in an 8 x 10 photo frame. I can write the person’s name on the glass with a dry erase marker.  That way I can erase it and write a different person’s name the next time I’m being a prayer worrier.  It has helped me this week.  If you’re a prayer worrier also, you might want to give it a try. 

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