I’m amazed at how often answers to prayers come through other people. From kind words, to words of encouragement, to generous acts, to numerous other things, other people are often the chosen vehicle God uses to answer prayer.
What’s particularly interesting about this, is that we not only receive God’s blessings through others, but WE can be a vehicle that God uses to answer the prayers of others! How cool is that!
The next time you feel like you should say something kind to someone, or take an action that benefits someone else, not matter how small or insignificant it may seem, don’t hesitate. Do it right away. You just may be the vehicle that God wants to use to answer someone’s prayer.
This week a good friend from church told me that they’ll be moving to another state to restore an old house they’ll be living in. This friend has a real knack for restoration, interior design, and overall leaving the world better than they found it, so I’m super excited for this adventure of theirs.
I’ve been thinking of the years we’ve spent together in the same Sunday school class, the fun we’ve had playing in the worship band, and the great conversations we’ve had over the years. I also remember the often-spoken kind and encouraging words from this friend that have been a source of joy and comfort as we’ve traveled life together for several years.
There’s a song I’ve heard recently by country singer Brad Paisley titled, “Last Time for Everything”. It’s about how good things transition away, and as they go, you experience them for the last time. This song, and my friend’s move, again remind me that we’re to enjoy the people, places, things, and even the time of life we’re currently in, while we have it, because things transition.
I’m certain my friend and I will continue to stay in touch and will no doubt see each other again in the future. And I’m also reminded that while good things transition out of our life, just as often, equally good things transition in.
WARNING: This week’s post about prayer and faith.
On Thursday I had a scheduled medial appointment at the hospital. Nothing major, but more than just your regular visit to the doctor. As I was about an hour away from heading to the hospital, I realized that I hadn’t told my mom about my appointment today. It wasn’t that I hadn’t told her about it that jumped out to me. Rather it was the thought that if she didn’t know I was going in today, she wouldn’t know to be praying for my appointment. I immediately called. She’d be praying. I instantly felt better.
As someone who believes in Jesus, prayer is important to me. Not just praying for myself and others, but to know that others are praying for me when I’m facing a challenge. I’m encouraged and filled with peace when I know others are praying for me. Yet I was reminded Thursday that I need to let people know what’s going on in my life so that they can pray for me. How else would they know if I didn’t tell them?
I thought about how I’d feel if the roles were reversed. What if I had found out, after the fact, that my mom, or anyone else I cared about, had gone through something significant and hadn’t told me. My first thought would have been, “It would have been nice to know so I could have been praying for you.”
Prayer is a way that others can contribute to your life. It’s a way for them to intercede, to petition God on your behalf. Why would I want to withhold that opportunity from someone?
Regardless of where you are with prayer and faith, if you’re facing a challenge, or going through something, let those who care about you know. You’ll be blessing them with the opportunity to go through life with you. They’ll be glad you let them know.