A while back, I was reading a book (surprise, surprise, for those who know me) in which the author talked about a prayer practice that he has (don’t ask me to remember the book. It was probably something I glanced over for class but stuck in my mind and spirit).
Anyway, the author talked about how he wrote out numbered list, from 1-31, one for each day of the month (approximately) and he listed a person next to each number and he committed to pray for that person on the day listed. And he wouldn’t just pray for them. He would call/email/text/Facebook message them and ask them if there was anything he could pray for.
And here’s the radical part: he actually prayed for them right then and there. He would type out the prayer and send it or pray right over the phone for them, and then spend the rest of the day praying for them whenever they came to mind.
I saw that and thought, “Hey, that would be a cool idea! I’d like to do that!”
Well, I never did. Until recently.
God’s Spirit weighed heavy on me, saying, “You kept saying how you would like to start doing this, but you never did. Why don’t you start now?”
I’ll admit, I put it off for a few days, and dealing with the “nagging” of God’s Spirit. Then I finally gave in.
I did it.
I took the time to list out these names and I text or message them on their day, asking them if there is anything I can pray for. And I do what my inspiration did, by typing out the prayer for them.
However, let me let you in on a secret: Satan’s mad. So mad, in fact, that he’s been bugging me, tempting me, pushing all of my buttons.
Here’s the thing: when we dedicate to do something for God, it’s guaranteed that Satan will counter. He may not do it personally, but let me promise you that some demon is going to counter your dedication to God.
Please, Church, make sure someone is praying for you. And for those of you who are reading this post, please pray for me. I am in desperate need of your prayers as I dive deeper into God and attempt to spread His love and grace to those around me who need it.