Upon closer investigation I saw the paper was filled with names.
Reference: “I pray for them. I am not praying for the world, but for those you have given me, for they are yours.” John 17:9 NIV
Explore: An older lady in a previous congregation once invited me around to her house. She was warm and welcoming and had a real gift of hospitality.
When she was showing me around her house I noticed a big piece of butcher’s paper on her wall. Upon closer investigation I saw the paper was filled with names.
When I asked her about it she said it was her prayer list. Every day she would look at the list and pray for everyone on it.
The list was long and varied but I knew every person on it was blessed to be associated with this incredible woman.
Application: Sometimes we struggle to know what to pray. Maybe we all need to write up a prayer list like my friend.
We don’t have to solve all the world’s problems in our prayers, but we all have people who are brought into our lives. Just like Jesus had His disciples, there are people who are close and dear to us.
If we all kept those who are close to us upheld regularly in prayer, then we would all be well covered! As Jesus prayed for His disciples in John 17 I have been challenged to pray more regularly for those in my circle of associates.
Prayer: Lord, thank You for the people You have brought into my life. May I care for them and continually bring them to You in prayer. Amen.
Who would be on your prayer list for today?
This article was written by Linda Bailey
Linda started theological studies in 1999 in Australia. After working for ten years in various church ministries, she now works as the breakfast producer at 89.9 LightFM - the Christian radio station in Melbourne, Australia. She writes blogs every day about passages she is currently reading in the Bible. Follow her on Google Plus +Linda Bailey or Facebook by clicking the like button on the right of this page.