“praying for you!”

It’s 2 o’clock on a weekday. You’re up to your ears in the middle of your mile long to-do list. You watch the minutes tick away daydreaming about the end of your work day when you can rush home {all the while knowing there’s a pile of laundry waiting on your arrival}. Needless to say, it’s busy. This is probably your reality more often than you’d like to admit. I know it can be true for me.

In the middle of all that, you feel the vibration in your pocket of a text. A friend gives you a quick glance into their personal need or situation and asks for some prayer. Of course your fingers jump across the keyboard with a quick “praying for you!”. Maybe even a little heart emoji, because we all know that’s the best translation of a tight hug that helps ease all the hurt.

We’ve all been here, most likely lots of times. On occasion you might even offer up the “praying for you” text unprompted. You see the need and take it upon yourself. Praying for the pals that the Lord has so graciously placed in our life is such a privilege. We get the joy of walking alongside brothers and sisters and seeing the answers play out. Sometimes exactly how we cried out and sometimes in a way that is immeasurably more good than we could have asked for. Prayer is a precious gift.

But how many times do we type that text out, or speak it in conversation, and then turn right around to jump back into our everyday life, completely forgetting the action that we put our words behind. It’s so easy to fall short in this area even with the best intentions.

About a month ago, my small group of middle school girls were brainstorming ways to combat this struggle, here’s what they came up with: Stop right then and there and pray.

It’s so simple, you may have even heard it before! But it’s a powerful habit to create. Maybe that’s the single time you pray for that issue, maybe it sparks your memory for later on in the week, but you’ve held your word to be true and even more than that, invited Jesus into the situation.

It’s a challenge to be intentional with your words, and on top of that, follow through with them. But, I can assure you, it’s one that Jesus is ready and willing to be your strength for. Go on, ask Him.

All the love, Rachel Hollis

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