"You are in our Prayers"
Are we really?
I see it often and I'm sure you do too, that a tragedy or crisis of some sort has occurred in someone's life and they ask for people to pray for them or keep them in their prayers. All of a sudden there are people coming out of the woodwork that you never hear a kind word from showing an outpouring of sympathy, sorrow and "prayers" for these people. Are we really in their prayers and to whom are they praying? Now, I'm not talking about everyone, just those that never mention anything religeous in everyday conversation but show up at the train wreck. I had a very close personal friend that had a stoke recently (before the age of 40) and many people put him in their prayers. Most of them I know are true Christians and it was great to see the bonding in Christ for this man. For those that weren't, I feel great sorrow. I just can't imagine giving "lip service" in Christ's name. It is all too common for people to say that they are praying for us without even knowing the real meaning as if just saying that alone makes it all better. Matthew 6:5 tells us "When you pray, don't be like hypocrites who love to pray publicly on street corners and in the synagogues where everyone can see them. I tell you the truth, that is all the reward they will get. (6) But when you pray, go away by yourself, shut the door behind you and pray to your Father in private. Now I don't believe that that indicates that we should not pray together, just not for public glorification. The bible also tells us that when two or more are gathered in Christs name, it will be done.
Strength in Numbers
Let's Get Prayin'!
Alright. I have beat on the non-believers long enough now let's all pray for them too! Our Christ given duty is to pray for and guide "the least of these" in hopes of them also being saved and glorifying the Lord with us. Maybe with God working through us, they too will know who to send their prayers to when their help and hope is requested and what a wonderful, powerful and loving God it is we serve. Maybe it will cause a chain reaction on Facebook, Twitter and other social networks. They are great places to spread the word of Christ. Maybe, just maybe, we can create the "Fan of Christ" button.