By Amy Groeschel
Who are you praying with every day? Well, I hope first and foremost you are praying in tender fellowship alone and throughout the day with your Heavenly Father. But secondly, I want to encourage and even challenge you to begin boldly praying with others.
But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Matthew 6:33
Are you married? Pray daily with your spouse. Kids? Pray with them daily! Do you have a close friend? Set up a regular habit of prayer together. Do you ever run into people that you end up having a conversation with (whether you previously knew them or not)? Take a deep breath and ask if you can pray for them right then and there!
You see, I believe that we need God all the time. And when we need someone, we go and speak to them, a lot! Undoubtedly, this can be very intimidating for some folks. But, hey, practice makes progress! And just stop and think for a moment of the awesome value of establishing such a commitment!
Here are some simple ideas to get you started:
Text your prayers.
Write prayer notes to give out.
Make a daily call with a short prayer on your way out to work.
Plan a time of day to pray together.
Pray spontaneously as needs arise.
Watch in wonder as your marriage and other relationships improve!
It’s difficult to pray with someone you’re mad at.
It’s hard to commit adultery when you are seeking God together in your marriage.
It’s hard to want to divorce someone you’re praying with.
Wives, ask your husband to pray with you. I’ll bet he will, if you just ask. But be sure never to critique his prayer!
Family Life surveyed thousands of Christian married couples. The results of the survey were staggeringly in support of the benefits of praying together.Fewer than 8% of Christian couples pray together regularly,but of those couples that do, fewer than 1% divorce.
If this is true for marital relationships, it must also hold massive benefits for any relationship! Don’t be afraid to pray aloud with someone. Get over yourself. Just start. Don’t try to impress. Just focus on the One you want to talk to. If you miss a day of prayer, don’t sweat it. Just keep praying.
What is your next step?