Also, seek the peace and prosperity of the city to which I have carried you into exile. Pray to the Lord for it, because if it prospers, you too will prosper.” Jeremiah 29:7, NIV
As Christians, we can be a blessing to our communities by praying for them. As we go about our daily business, we can offer prayers for all those we encounter. Every day we cross paths with hurting people as well as people who do not know Jesus. When we walk into a building or a room, we can invite God to come in and be a part of our classes, meetings, appointments, and activities. When we take the time to pray for our towns, schools, workplaces, and the people around us, we will see God working in them.
We don’t have to pray formal prayers for God to hear them. Simple, heartfelt prayers are music to God’s ears. God loves to hear our voices even if the prayer is short and sweet. Our prayers become even more powerful when we seek the Holy Spirit to guide them. When we see someone in need, we can ask the Holy Spirit how to pray for them. He may also give us insight as to how we can help them.
The more we get into the practice of praying for others, the more it will become a habit. Can you imagine what a difference we can make in this world if all Christians were in prayer for all those they encountered?
Dear God, please help us to be more focused on praying for those You entrust to our care. Help us to pray for anyone that You place on our hearts. Thank you for allowing us to care for and minister to Your beloved children. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Copyright Laurie Dahle.
Laurie is a member and a physical therapist who works in a Missouri public school district. She also writes her own daily devotionals. If you are interested in receiving them, you may contact her at email@example.com and check out her website, I am F.E.D. Ministry.
Don’t forget about Christian Educators’ Steps of Prayer movement. Every day in September, we want you to be intentional to pray as you walk around your school. At the end of the school day, report your steps/distance to the webpage linked above and let’s see how God transforms our “Steps of Prayer” into testimonies of His faithfulness!
Can you imagine the transformation?