Thursday, April 29, 2010

Wondering about prayer...

Question: when you feel that the Lord puts a particular person on your heart to pray for during a morning prayer time, let's say, do you then go to that person and tell them so? Perhaps ask how they're doing, and how you might pray more specifically for them? Or is this something that may seem... invasive? I don't know. Is it perhaps to close to standing on the street corner to pray? Ought the promptings of the Holy Spirit to pray be kept "in your prayer closet"?

My first inclination is to go and talk to the person. I know how loved I feel when someone tells me they've been praying for me. But then, we've already well established, on this blog and elsewhere, that I'm far from normal, so perhaps I'm not the best judge of how the average person would respond. I'd love to hear your thoughts!

4 comments:

Niecey said...

I often will contact the person to see how they're doing. If they then confess troubles they are having, I'll probably tell them the reason I had contacted them, that God had laid them on my heart. I think it can be very encouraging to know that He's looking out for you and recognizes your trouble and is gathering up support.

Jenny said...

For me, it depends on the person and my relationship to them. AND, how hard and how long God lays them on my heart. Many times, it happens later...I'll run into the person a couple weeks later and we'll talk about it. Sometimes, I'll just let them know that they've been "on my mind" (easier for some to digest than "on my heart" if they're not Christian), and just see where the conversation leads. I don't think there's a "right" or "wrong" way to handle it, except either way, don't be obnoxious about it;) Let God lead the conversation and open the doors!

2Shaye ♪♫ said...

Hmmm, really good question. I guess I feel that if the Lord puts people on our hearts that we have more than one way to serve them. Prayer is of prime importance, but I believe actions is another way to aid their needs and to serve the Lord's purposes. I would definitely check in on the person to see how they're doing and to let them know they are loved. Sometimes they might not yet even been in the midst of the storm, but God knows it's coming. And having your friendship readily available as it hits will be valuable.

Herb of Grace said...

Thanks, guys, for your input. I think I'll give her a "call" (we're internet pals, so I don't actually have her number).