In a world that seems to be falling apart at the seams, I can’t help but wonder why I’m not praying for it as I should. Oh, I pray – but why does my intercession frequently begin and end with my family and friends? Am I so busy or blinded that I only care enough to pray for those in my own little world?
How about you? Do you pray for national and international needs? Does your intercession extend beyond your own family-and-friends borders?
I used to have a prayer book dedicated not only to those I know and love, but also to people groups, nations, world events and the persecuted church.
I haven’t done that in a while.
But there’s been a stirring in my heart to return to the place of prayer – the place where my quiet time was more focused and intentional. A place that takes me back to that sweet list of people, places and circumstances that I prayed through daily, weekly and monthly. And what better time to become more intentional about prayer than Memorial Day Weekend!
In fact I’d like to begin by praying for our troops…in general, yes…but if you know someone who is serving in the military I would count it an honor to list them in my personal prayer journal as well as on my site.
I can’t help but reflect on the fact that each one of our troops is someone’s son or daughter, someone’s dad or mom, someone’s brother or sister, someone’s grandchild. They are serving our country. They are fighting for our freedom. They are heroes.
If they are willing to risk their lives for us, couldn’t we at least be willing to pray for them?
Some have given the ultimate sacrifice so the United States can remain the home of the free. It was a price their family shared. How many hearts are hurting because they are mourning the loss of their loved ones! For some, this will be the first Memorial Day their son or daughter won’t be here to celebrate it with them. For others, the years have passed, but the pain has not.
Along with the list of those who are serving, I’d also be highly honored to pray for those who will have an empty chair at the table this year.
You can leave their names (you can just leave their first names if you’re more comfortable with that) in the comment section and Monday evening, I’ll compile the names of those who are serving now or have lost loved ones in battle.
Perhaps others who subscribe to this post will add them to their prayer list, as well. I sure do hope so!
How about you? How do you continue to pray for those beyond the four walls of your world? Do you struggle with your prayer life? Do you have someone you want to put on the prayer list?