This is our B moment. Our moment to be still…to be fed by the Word of God…to be grateful.
Scripture reference: 1 Thessalonians 5:25 (ESV)
Today I am thinking about me-centered prayers. Recently I was attending a prayer summit. The day was filled with worship music, a few speakers, and break-out sessions. One activity was called “Take a Prayer, Leave a Prayer.” All participants were asked to take a prayer request that was on a paper card and leave their own request.
As I pressed my pen down on that card, about to write my first word, I noticed my mindset. I caught myself and started to reflect for just a moment. My thoughts were all around my personal prayer requests to God. For a moment, I felt like a child writing out my Christmas wish list. Even though I had not written any words on the card yet, the unwritten words said “me…me…me.”
I’m fully on board with asking God for the desires of my heart. The Scriptures encourage us to do so. I also think that our prayers should extend beyond the personal needs of ourselves and our loved ones. They should extend to our communities at large. While I will always pray for a greater cause if asked, I realize that I should be more proactive in this area and shouldn’t always wait to be asked to pray in this way.
So going forward, I will use just these few words to remind me to extend my prayers beyond myself. I can even think of these words as I am walking in the neighborhood. These Words are, “Brothers, pray for us.” 1 Thessalonians 5:25 (ESV)
Please share this reflection with others as they also desire to be inspired.
Today, pray for your heart’s desire and then extend your prayers to your community-at-large.
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