I’ll Pray For You

Night and day I mention you in my prayers. I am always grateful for you, as I pray to the God my ancestors and I have served with a clear conscience. 2 Timothy 1:3 CEV

“I’ll pray for you.” Those four words spill from our lips as easy as “Have a nice day.” I’ve been guilty of it, and maybe you are, too. We tell someone, “I’ll pray for you.” Then we offer a quick prayer and move on.

The words I’ll pray for you took on new meaning for me after my mother died. Until then, I don’t think I fully appreciated the awesome power of ongoing intercessory prayer.

For as long as I can remember, every afternoon Mom would retreat to her recliner in the living room and spend time reading her Bible. Afterward, she’d lean back in the chair and close her eyes. She’d stay that way for a while, and I always thought she was napping. In fact, as a young adult I sometimes resented Mom for taking her daily catnap while I, and the rest of the world, worked. What I didn’t realize back then was that Mom was silently praying. Every single day, she made time to pray for others. When my mother said, “I’ll pray for you,” it was a promise. Those words didn’t mean I’ll pray for you once, they meant I’ll pray you through.

Mom prayed me through life. She prayed me through my tests in college, tough decisions, job interviews, health issues, rocky relationships. As I matured, I felt Mom’s prayers, and I counted on them. I knew that at the precise moment I needed prayer, Mom was in her recliner, eyes shut, deep in intercession for me. When she died, it left a gaping hole in my heart. My gentle mother, my prayer warrior, was gone. Christian friends have told me that now she’s an angel in heaven, praying for me there. Still, I miss being able to call my mother, ask for prayer and have her say to me, “Don’t worry, Honey. I’ll pray you through.” I miss knowing that without a doubt someone is fervently praying for me.

Today, I’m careful when I say, “I’ll pray for you.” I’ve learned that those four words are a sacred promise, not only to the person being prayed for, but also to God. I try to follow my mother’s example. Every night I make time to pray. I sit in my chair in my own living room, shut my eyes, and quietly intercede, day after day lifting the promise of my prayers to God. These prayers, I’ve discovered, create a spiritual bond not only between me and the people I know, but also with people whom I’ve never met: a young man injured in a snowboarding accident, a woman horribly scarred from an encounter with a wild animal, an Internet friend whose dad is battling cancer. It’s that bond formed through prayer that connects we Christians to God’s love, and it’s intercessory prayer that gets us through the scraps of darkness in our lives.

If I say, “I’ll pray for you,” I promise that I will, and I hope that you will find peace knowing that someone is praying you through.

Please let me know — how can I pray for you?

National Day of Prayer 2010

The 59th Annual National Day of Prayer will take place Thursday, May 6, 2010. Millions will unite in prayer at thousands of events from coast to coast. The theme for this year is “Prayer for Such a Time as This” and is based on the verse from Nahum 1:7 which states: “The LORD is good, a refuge in times of trouble. He cares for those who trust in Him.”

On April 15, 2010, United States District Court Judge Barbara Crabb, for the Western District of Wisconsin, struck down the National Day of Prayer statute, 36 U.S.C. § 119, as violating the Establishment Clause. Judge Crabb ruled that the statute serves no secular purpose, but rather calls the nation to engage in a religious exercise – prayer.

To read more about it and sign an online petition to save the National Day of Prayer. Click HERE.



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8 responses to “I’ll Pray For You

  1. Hi Jean -As I've gone through difficult times, the prayers of others have kept my head above water like a life jacket. I'm so grateful and never take those prayers for granted.When I say I'll pray, I know those people are counting on my support.Blessings,Susan 🙂

  2. Dee

    A beautiful post, Jean. I always pray for family and friends in my daily prayers, but when I say "I'll pray for you" I always include their specific name and not the general "family and friends" I normally lump together. And if a time comes you need my prayers for anthing specific, please do let me know.

  3. Hi, Susan.You're right that we need to be counted on to pray for one another. I'm so grateful that I have Christian friends to pray with and for.Blessings to you!Jean

  4. Dee,Thanks for your offer of prayers. I miss having you nearby, and I wish we could attend a few classes together again.Let me know if you ever come this way for a visit.Jean

  5. That example of your mother reminds me how our children are watching when we read our bibles and pray. It is so very important. What a wonderful example your mother set — in such a quiet way. I know you miss her very much.

  6. Thanks for your comment, Jamie. Sometimes it takes a while for children to learn from the example set by their parents. I'm grateful to have grown up in a Christian home, and also for my mother's patience while I grew in Christ. Yes, I do miss her. She was an amazing person.

  7. Jean: When I hear of a need and the person asks me to pray for them, I try to pray for them RIGHT THEN. If I am on the phone with them, we take time from our conversation to pray for each other. A friend will ask me to pray WITH her about a need she has. I like the thought of saying, "I'll pray you through." In my prayer list is a section where I include my online friends.

  8. It was alwasys comforting to hear Mom say, "I'll pray you through." The phrase describes perfectly what intercessory prayer is.Thanks for your comment, quietspirit.

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