“YES, I will pray for you!”
I used to be guilty often when someone would ask me for prayer, of confusing thinking of them as the same as praying for them.
Thinking of someone periodically throughout the day is not the same as prayer, there is a difference.
To pray you go before the throne of heaven on another persons behalf and take the time asking for the Lord to meet THEIR need.
So the last few years, when I get a request for prayer I have made a point to stop and pray in that very moment. Then I will think of that person periodically throughout the day.
I have to make a point when I think about them to lift them in prayer.
There is a difference between having someone on your heart and lifting someone to the heart of the Father. Be intentional with our prayers. Be intentional with the answer we give another. Just thinking about them, is not enough, when they need prayers.
We know that the Lord answers the prayers of the righteous. I have been teaching my Sunday school class the Lord’s prayer. The way Jesus said to pray and when I pray for another I put their name in there.
Our Father who art in heaven hallowed be thy name.
Thy Kingdom come thy will be done in _______ life here on earth as it is in heaven.
Give ______ their daily bread.
Forgive _______ their trespasses as they forgive them that trespass against them.
Lead_______ not into temptation but deliver _________ from evil.
For thine is the kingdom, the power and the glory forever, AMEN.
The Lord already knows the need, but I will bring that up too.
The word says where two or three are gathered in Jesus name it will be done.
Prayer vs. thinking about someone, there is a difference. So friend, know that if I am saying I am praying for you. You are covered!