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Prayer For You Prayer Request Form

Sometimes life comes at a person in ways that challenge anyone’s ability to cope.When my actionshave no power to change those circumstances, all I can offer is my presence and my prayer.

But when I tell someone, “My thoughts and prayers are with you,” or “I’ll keep you in my prayers,” what does that really mean? And what does that person want when they ask me to remember them in my prayers?

We all have different hopes and expectations, as we have differing experiences of prayer. But I see at least seven things conveyed when I offer to pray for you:

1)      It acknowledges the crisis and pain in your life

2)      It says that I am concerned about you, I am with you in your suffering and I won’t forget about you when we part

3)      It recognizes that our lives are subject to things we cannot control and we share that position of vulnerability

4)      It reminds us both that we have access to spiritual strength which helps see us through the difficulties life brings us.

5)      It holds faith in the possibility of strength and healing in some form through means we cannot predict or understand

6)      It points to an interconnected web of life strong enough to contain suffering and still hold beauty, meaning, and love

7)      It promises that you are not alone

A promise to pray is itself a kind of prayer, but I don’t think the promise is fulfilled simply in making it. In my next post, I’ll talk about how we might pray for someone.

 
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