One of my greatest privileges is being able to pray for others. I have a list. This means if I ever tell you I am praying for you, your name is written on this list as well as exactly what I am praying for. Once the prayer is answered, I mark through the name. It’s incredibly rewarding to mark through a name knowing God answered.
For years, Scott has been on my list. He works nights, which is hard on his family. I have been praying he get a day job.
This past week, Scott told me he was interviewing for a day job. My advice for the interview was no cussing and wear clothes. He assured me he would follow my wise advice.
Yesterday I got a text from Melissa. Scott got the job. I couldn’t be happier.
Today, right after I finish writing this devotional, I will pull out my list and mark through Scott’s name. I am really looking forward to it.
If you’ve ever wondered if prayer is a waste of time because you don’t immediately get an answer, know it’s one of the most productive things you can possibly do.
Prayer brings us closer to God, allows us to see past ourselves to the burden’s others carry, and enables us to have a conversation with the One who matters most. It is the way to peace in the midst of the storms of life.
If your mind is filled with chaos – pray.
If your relationship with your significant other is frayed – pray.
If you are experiencing friction at work – pray.
If you need guidance in lifechanging decision – pray.
If you feel hopeless – pray.
If you know of someone’s need – pray.
Prayer brings us into a sacred space with the One who would rather die than live without us.
The writer of Hebrews said, “Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.” (Hebrews 4:16)
This morning, as you begin a new day and pick up the heavy tasks that are before you, take a moment to calm your mind and lift up a prayer to the One who lends his full attention to every word you utter. This will give you the strength to face the challenges of the day with confidence because you are not alone.
Prayer: Dear Gracious Heavenly God, please be with me as I begin a new day. Give me wisdom, patience, peace, and grace. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.
Now it’s time to mark through Scott’s name. This reminds me God is good.
Also, just for the record, if you need some of my sage wisdom before a job interview, just contact me. No cussing and wearing clothes is a good place to start but I’ve got much more advice to give to anyone who will listen.
I pray your day is filled with joy and laughter.