I Will Pray for You

by Letitia Suk @LetitiaSuk

I recently engaged a community group in a conversation about prayer. I asked them how they felt about people saying, “I will pray for you.” Each one, even the ones who called themselves non-believers, remarked that they felt cared for and supported and appreciated the gesture.

I wish they could meet my mother. She would put them all on her list.

If you have ever spent any time with my mom, she probably told you she would pray for you. She immediately gets on first name basis with most everyone she encounters: the guy pushing her wheelchair through the airport, the wait staff in any restaurant, and individuals sitting next to her in public settings. She manages to get the highlights of their story and ends each conversation with “I will pray for you.” And she does.

It’s not just a one-time deal, either. Once my mom starts praying for someone, they go into her permanent record. She once told me how worried she was about her cable guy’s girlfriend’s family and had put them on her prayer list. I’m sure they are still there. Each night the list gets covered before she goes to bed.  She does admit it takes a long time to get through everyone!

Perhaps some of these folks might not welcome being prayed for, but I’m sure she would just pray harder for them if she knew.

When we’re out together, she usually commits me to the effort as well. “We’ll pray for you,” even though I haven’t been a part of the conversation. Sometimes she adds, “We’re good pray-ers.” That always seems a funny thing to say, but I guess it is like a personal endorsement. So, I pray too once I get proxied in but not forever and ever like her.

I thought of her today when “Luigi” drove me home from getting my car serviced. I got the highlights of his life story in the fifteen-minute drive but didn’t add the final line, “I will pray for you.” Once I got home, I did anyway though. My mom’s voice rang in my ears.

I don’t know if I will ever take my stranger prayers to that level, but I know my life has been profoundly shaped by being near the top of her list for every one of my days. Maybe one of these days, I’ll start carrying around a list too!

I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people. 1 Timothy 2: 1 NIV

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letitia sukAbout the author: Letitia Tish Suk invites women to create an intentional life centered in Jesus. She is a blogger and author of Getaway with God: The Everywoman’s Guide to Personal Retreat and Rhythms of Renewal.  She is a speaker, personal retreat guide, and life coach in the Chicago area.

Her latest book, 100 Need-to-Know Tips for Moms of Teens and Tweens, will help you cope with the day-to-day challenges of parenting your teen while encouraging your heart and soul.

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Answering the Call

by Letitia Suk

I took another quick peek at the clock…  I should have left ten minutes ago…if traffic isn’t too bad I won’t be late to work.  As I gathered my bags for the day, the phone rang.  Can’t talk NOW.   Just won’t answer it.  Maybe it’s more work, though, I really could use that right now…I’ll just check the Caller ID.

Marjorie. One of the poor and needy. So needy. Last time she called she wanted me to go to the grocery store for her. She’s been laid up a long time with a round of ailments. Even when well, though, there was always something she needed.

God will surely understand if I don’t get it this time.  She’ll probably call back. It is more important to be a responsible employee and get to work on time. She’ll think of someone else to call.  I’ll call her back when I get home, or maybe tomorrow. WAIT. With that prompting of the Holy Spirit, my heart was seared. I answered the phone.

Sure enough, she was out of food and needed someone to go shopping. My mind raced through my meager options. Maybe sometime tomorrow between my prayer meeting and my lunch date? She would just have to wait until I could work this into my schedule.

Just then, an idea hit. The locally owned grocery store in the neighborhood, didn’t someone tell me they delivered phone orders?

I changed my tone, “Marjorie, I think Oakdale Market will deliver groceries…No, I don’t think you have to go in but you can call in an order…Do you want me to call and check for you?”

After a quick call to confirm and a call-back to Marjorie, she was ecstatic. Relieved. Strengthened. She thanked me profusely. Her daily bread was secure once again. Suddenly, I was a hero.

Four minutes. Four minutes from being obedient to being satisfied. Me, that is. God asked nothing of me other than to pick up that phone and listen for what to do next.

Why am I so afraid every time I say YES to God? Who told me to expect the worse-case scenario when doing God’s will?  Doesn’t Scripture say, “And what does the Lord require of you?  To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God? “(Micah 6:8 NIV)

I can do that. When did I start making it so complicated?

I moved into a new level of trust that afternoon. To trust to not be afraid to listen, to act, to watch my straw turn into gold. O Father, I hope I got it this time!

“When did we see You sick, or in prison, and come to You? The King will answer and say to them, ‘Truly I say to you, to the extent that you did it to one of these brothers of Mine, even the least of them, you did it to Me.’” Matthew 25:39-40 NASB

letitia sukAbout the author: Letitia Tish Suk invites women to create an intentional life centered in Jesus. She is a blogger and author of Getaway with God: The Everywoman’s Guide to Personal Retreat and Rhythms of Renewal.  She is a speaker, personal retreat guide, and life coach in the Chicago area.

Join the conversation: When has God prodded you to serve Him by serving others?

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