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Praying for Others
When we hear of a friend in need, whether it’s an upcoming surgery or a stressful time at work, how often is our first response, “I’ll pray for you?”
We’ll dance around it by saying “our thoughts go out to you” or “sending good vibes your way.” Maybe it’s a guy thing, but sometimes those words can feel so awkward — “I’ll pray for you.”
Recall the gospel where Jesus gives us the golden rule to love (as in to will the good of the other) our neighbors as ourselves. How do we do that? Praying for them seems like the most obvious way.
However, it’s not just saying the words, but meaning what you said, and actually praying for them. Love others by genuinely hoping for the best for them.
It’s still hard, and it doesn’t always come naturally.
Here’s a challenge: Pray for someone you encounter during each day. It can be a spur of the moment prayer right then, or later after reviewing your day.
Be intentional about willing the good for them — this is especially important for those people who can annoy us.
The prayer can be as simple as, “God, I pray for _______ and will the best for them.”
Bonus points if you tell someone, “I’ll pray for you” and actually follow through.