If we tell people we will pray for them, does that mean we must pray for them every single time we pray or just at certain times? How long are we to pray for someone if we told them we would pray for them?
Paul wrote to Philemon, “I thank my God always when I remember you in my prayers…” (Philemon 1:4). Notice that Paul did not say, “I thank my God when I always remember you in my prayers.” So Paul didn’t always remember to pray for Philemon.
When someone requests prayer from me, I do one or a combination of these:
* Instead of telling them “I’ll be praying for you,” I pray for them right then and there. Or I get alone and pray for them immediately after our conversation ends.
* If on the phone, I pray for them while on the phone or as soon as I hang up.
* If it’s an e-mail, I pray for them immediately upon reading the e-mail. Or, I pray through the e-mail.
* If they have an ongoing issue that needs intercession, I might write their name on a sticky note and put it where I’ll see it every day until I feel released from praying for the issue.
* Or, I share that when I think of them in the days to come I will pray for them (This is honest. And the person will appreciate the honesty.)
How about you? How else do you remember to pray for people?