you aren't called to do something "big? That you don't have the skills, or assets to be used in a significant way? Or, are you someone who wants to be used by God, but "nothing has come along yet"?
In Jesus' "Parable of the Talents" (Matthew 25:14-30), Jesus shares of a master who was traveling, and before he left, he entrusted his property (talents) to three servants: to one he gives 5, another 2, and another 1. When the master came back, he asked an account of each servant. The first two each doubled what their master had given them, but the third had hidden his, which he gave back to the master. That servant was paralyzed by fear. He never stepped out to use what he had been given for the greater good.
Be encouraged friend, that God has given you a talent. That talent may not seem like much in the eyes of the world, but it is the great gift of being able to pray for others!
Through the parable of the ""Good Samaritan" (Luke 10:25-37) we know we are "our brother's keepers". We find ourselves asking, "Well, what am I to do?" We don't realize that where ever we are currently living, we are surrounded by people who need prayer. "But I don't know anyone around me," you might say. Guess what? You don't have to! You can still pray for them! God knows their specific needs; He knows their struggles. He looks to us, His children, to participate, however we can, in His plan of salvation.
In James 5:16, it says "The prayer of a righteous man has great power in its effects." St. Paul in Ephesians 6:18 says "Pray at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication."
We are given so many opportunities throughout our day to pray for others.
This website was created to encourage you to open up to those moments God brings to you. To spur you on to take those initial small steps to pray for others. The idea is that you can pray by yourself, BUT you can also gather a friend or two and intercede as well. Jesus, in Matthew 18:20 says "For where two or three are gathered in My name, there am I in the midst of them." Having a fellow interceder with you will encourage you both, and have Jesus in your midst while doing so. Think of it as the family of God getting together to join our Savior in His mission of drawing all people unto Him.
On this site I have ventured to share things I have learned along the way in my own journey of praying more for others. "Do small things with great love," as St. Teresa (Mother Teresa) said. We may never see the fruits of our prayers for neighbors and strangers in this life, but Scott Hahn, in his book "Hope To Die" shares a beautiful thought that part of the joy of Heaven will be seeing the fruit of our prayers for others, as well as seeing how the prayers of others' impacted our own lives.
No prayers are wasted when offered in love.
My hope is that by going through this site, you too will be inspired to start praying more for others as you go about your day. There is no 'one size fits all' time/place/way to pray. We go through seasons. But if we are humble, we know that we can always be looking for more chances to intercede, to show our love for another, by offering the gift of our time for their benefit.
St. John Chrysostom wrote, "Prayer is the place of refuge for every worry, a foundation for cheerfulness, a source of constant happiness, a protection against sadness."
You just never know when a simple, heart felt prayer will impact another. Check this link out below to see how God can use whatever we faithfully give to Him:
The beauty of praying for others is you can do it yourself, and you can do it with prayer partners. If you are walking your neighborhood, having another person with you may encourage you both to walk and pray longer than you would otherwise. And a prayer partner can help you keep to a consistent prayer schedule.
This site was set up so that you have all you need to begin praying for others when you are outside your home. Don’t over think it. It is like building a muscle. Start small, maybe 15 minutes of walking around the neighborhood, or a consistent part of your daily commute. Do it 3-5 times a week to set a good habit. You will be surprised how quickly you will start to really look forward to it, and feel the absence when you go too long between prayer times praying for others.
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