Prayer is one of the best tools we have as Christians. It is our direct line of communication to God. It’s how we ask for help and protection, say thank you and rejoice, and it’s a wonderful way to encourage others. In 1 Thessalonians 5:11, Paul says, “Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.” NIV
I believe that a person pops into your mind for a reason. So when a friend or family member pops into my head, I pray for them. I try to pray for a specific need or praise report of theirs but some times it’s just a general, “Thank you for so-in-so. I’m really glad they are in my life. Lord, you know their needs better than I do. If I can help them please show me how.” Or something along those lines.
When I pray for my family member or friend, I try to include a relevant Bible verse to pray over them. Finding a verse that fits their needs not only gives me a reason to dive into the Bible but also helps me with memorizing the verse.
If a person is really weighing on my heart and mind, after I pray for them I like to send them some encouragement. Praying anonymously is wonderful but it can be so encouraging to a friend or family member to know you have been lifting them up in prayer. This can be as simple as an email to them or private message on Facebook. I prefer to send them a card or note or at least a text. I like to write the verse down in the card telling them what I have been praying for them about. As Paul said in Philemon 1:7, “Your love has given me great joy and encouragement, because you, brother, have refreshed the hearts of the Lord’s people.” NIV
Do you use prayer as a way of encouragement for your family members and friends?
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