By Pastor Steve
“I will pray for you.”
Those are powerful words. But like all good things, sometimes they have a dark side. These powerful words are sometimes simply discussion “enders”. At the end of a difficult conversation, or an uncomfortable one, “I will pray for you” becomes our transition away from the discomfort. Sometimes it is reduced to the same platitude class of sayings as “How are you?” We really don’t mean it; it is just how we open a conversation or greet people. So, unfortunately, “I will pray for you” is sometimes dismissive. I hope that isn’t true, or at least that this will challenge us to actually mean it when we use the phrase.
Even better than the phrase “I will pray for you” is what Jesus does in John 17. In this instance, Jesus actually prayed for his disciples in their presence and John (God bless him) had the presence of mind to record it for us! Paul practiced this as well. He told people how he was praying for them.
So, let’s deal with first things first. Don’t use the phrase “I am praying for you” unless you mean it. Second, when appropriate, tell people how you are praying for them. This creates built-in accountability will make a difference. Third, this morning, know that Jesus prays for us. He intercedes on our behalf. He has your best interest in mind and He is all about bringing that best interest to pass. As you worship, be grateful for a praying Jesus who prays for your well-being.
Jesus is praying for you.