I have a gift tip for you. It’s free, effective and encouraging. It’s called prayer.
There is a great opportunity to be had in giving the gift of prayer to others. Whether you’ve noticed it or not people are constantly sharing prayer requests with you. It’s called complaining. Maybe you’ve heard some of them: stress, marital issues, financial problems, problems with their kids, health…you name it. People are in need of prayer.
In the past I would tell people I’d pray for them as I walked away from the conversation. To be honest, even with my best intentions many times I would forget all about it and not actually pray. To make matters worse they would sometimes come back to me and give me an update on the situation because I had told them I’d be praying. I’d then feel like a jerk for forgetting. At the time it seems like the right thing to say, but unless I write it down, it doesn’t happen.
To fix this I now do what I’m suggesting you try: pray for people’s needs when they share them.
I know few people who actually refuse prayer when it’s offered. Even people who are atheist or agnostic for the most part are willing to roll the dice with prayer thinking it can’t hurt. So, I just say, “Do you mind if I pray for you right now?”. If you’re not acting weird at this point most people will say sure.
Obviously if the circumstances don’t allow it, don’t force it. The last thing you want to do is hold up the check out line at Walmart with 30 people waiting because you’re on the conveyor belt praying for the check out lady. Use common sense.
You’ll find people are more apt to open up to you when they know you actually are willing to carry the load with them by praying. These spontaneous prayer moments can happen anywhere: in the break room, in the hallway, at a table, gas station, bus stop…wherever. You just have to be looking for them.
Do it: Ask the Holy Spirit to give you guidance on when to take hold of that God given opportunity He’s put in front of you.
It’s your turn. Share below impromptu experiences you’ve had to pray with people on the fly. What fears or reservations did you wrestle with? Let me hear from you.