Let’s Pray Right Now

 Please pray about my relationship with my husband. My sickness. My trouble.

Yes, I would be glad to. Let’s pray right now.

Here? In front of all these people?

Well . . . it’s a church building. . . . These people probably pray too. . . .

Have you ever requested prayer from someone and wondered if the one who promised to pray about it really would? Have you ever said you would pray about something and then forgotten?

You can say it. Say it.

“Let’s pray right now.”

Loving Father, I pray that You would use this sickness, this trouble, to draw Your child closer to Yourself, to show Your power in a mighty way that goes beyond the simple healing of the body, to a stronger faith in Jesus Christ and a deeper joy in Him.

Let’s pray right now.

You didn’t say you’re afraid to pray in front of someone, did you? That you’re afraid your focus would only be on what the other person thinks of your words instead of on the great God that you’re approaching boldly, because you can enter the Holiest by the blood of Jesus? Did you offer the flimsy excuse that you’re not a prayer warrior?

Oh Father, break down the walls, scatter the clouds of confusion and lies. Break forth in your dawn of Holy Spirit understanding.

A new year is upon us. You’re part of a church that has a prayer meeting. Maybe you’re part of a church that has a real prayer meeting. Go there and pray.

Learn to pray. Live prayer. Let prayer flow like a fountain. Pray without ceasing.

Then speak prayer. Speak it before others, and don’t worry about what they might think. You’re not talking to them. Pray spontaneously, in the halls of the church building. Outside the grocery store. In the front seat of the car.

Say it to that friend. “Let’s pray right now.”

How desperately the church needs to pray.

Pray . . .

. . . for the Holy Spirit to fall in power on your church, in the erupting of joy. Pray for hearts to be turned fully to Jesus Christ, for faces to shine with His love. Pray for the disasters, the calamities of life—and there are so many, all around us—to cause us to see those unseen things that are eternal, and to understand that the things that we see are temporal.

That the spiritual is more real than the physical.

Pray . . .

. . . that the passion of Jesus Christ would blaze in the hearts of His people, and that many would see that light and be drawn to Him. Pray that the passion would set hearts on fire to take the living Word of God to those who have never heard, that nations from the ends of the earth would lift their hands together and praise Him.

Because our God, our Savior, is mighty to accomplish beyond what we can ask for or even imagine. And we are not.

Pray. . . .

Pray. . . .

Let’s pray right now.

~originally published December 2011

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10 years ago

oh, yes, Rebecca! I have so cherished the friends who say right away, when I call in trouble, “let me pray for you right now.” In fact, it’s been the example of those several in my life that has taught me to do the same thing when I talk with someone face to face or on the phone who needs prayer RIGHT NOW. What a blessings and a comfort for someone to pray with you right when you need it!

Allie P
Allie P
10 years ago

Oh man, this is something I have thought about a lot lately. A lot. I needed to read your blog post on this topic. I think I’ve got to make this an active part of my life this year. My new 2012 challenge. It also moves me from my addiction to comfort and more toward actively depending on Christ—by praying right then and there with people. Thank you–TIMELY!!

10 years ago

I love that! I need to do this more. If I’m on the phone I use a post-it to put their name near the computer. Sometimes, I even carry little label stickers with me so that I can put a name on it when I run into someone who requests prayer, then come home and stick it on a cabinet door or inside a bathroom vanity door – somewhere I’ll see it frequently. But first, I’m going to remember to just “pray right now!”

Debby Whitsitt
9 years ago

Excellent! Have read and read and read these last few days and appreciate your wisdom.
Maybe because someone many years ago said, “Let’s pray right now”, and it meant such a great deal to my heart, it is something I do. There’s no reason to wait.
Loving you~ Debby

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