Recently, a public school teacher in Augusta, Maine told a co-worker “I’ll pray for you” at the end of a conversation. While the context is unclear, I’m assuming this individual shared some concerns, issues or trial in life. Despite attending the same church, these words were deemed offensive by the other woman. Subsequently, the political correct “police” are now investigating this matter with some sort of discipline likely to follow. I wish this was a practical joke, but its just another day in America.
Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours, Mark 11:24.
After completing my confirmation of faith in the Roman Catholic Church in 8th grade, I began to attend a Methodist youth group in high school. Beside Sunday night, there were other activities offered to get to know people. Initially, I chose a sharing group. Students talked about what was going on weekly with a short prayer at the end of each meeting. This non-threatening environment was a great way to ease into a relationship with God. Shy at the time, I was afraid to ask for prayer as my life wasn’t as bad as those who constantly requested prayers.
Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness. For we do not know what to pray for as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words, Romans 8:26.
Today, I have a new appreciation for prayer. Early on I saw how some individuals sought attention, almost as if to elicit a pity party on their behalf. Yet, now I am no longer timid about requesting prayers, especially for my eyes. I’m sure there is a happy medium, but prayer leads to healing. Thus, regardless of how outsiders may respond, don’t ever give up verbally expressing the words “I’ll pray for you.”
by Jay Mankus