The Joy of Praying For Others

Thoughts on a Lenten Adventure

For 7 weeks, beginning February 27 and ending April 15, I was honored to pray for over 140 people every morning and evening. There were also countries, life situations, and a few marital situations prayed for. Sadly, during this time, two people mentioned on the prayer list, died. Yet, it was great to connect through prayer with many I do not know personally. It was also a delight to connect with personal friends every time I mentioned their name. 

At first, I felt overwhelmed by the needs of some of you who are friends I love so much. You carry heavy burdens that would crush you if not for the sustaining grace and mercy of God. Tears flowed on your behalf as I simply shared your burdens. 

As I continued, praying for people on the list became a joyful engagement connecting my heart to yours and to God’s heart, as well. It was a privilege. I felt honored to stand with you in prayer.

It’s such a simple thing – asking God’s mercy for people. Yet, I was surprised that some people were hesitant to provide names. I’m happy for all that did. 

We’ve been “trained” to look for answers to prayer – outcomes – to determine if our prayers were effective. I don’t approach prayer that way. My role is to pray, not to “get” something. Praying for God’s mercy to be experienced in your lives is enough. God knows what that means for each individual. I do not. I’m sure many of you saw God’s mercy confirmed over the past couple months. 

I will remember the 2017 Lenten season as the prayer season due to this “experiment.” Lent is also about fasting and almsgiving. Yet, prayer took on a new significance for me this year. 

Thank you for all who gave requests and names. We are now bonded with a special “prayer glue” that unites us in Christ. Though I will not be praying for those on this list as consistently as I did the past 7 weeks, no one on the list will be forgotten. 

Prayer is a mystery. You and I are called to enter into it, for it is happening in heaven and on earth every moment. We don’t make prayer happen. We enter into what’s already going on. That is what this adventure has been about – uniting with the Trinity as they commune with one another in mercy and love. 

Thanks be to God for all things! 

Dr. K 

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6 thoughts on “The Joy of Praying For Others

  1. From the bottom of this parenting of an adult son’s wayward heart, THANK YOU KEITH!
    I can’t tell you how often I would be reminded, “Oh, Keith is praying for Brian.” Heaven will reveal just how much your praying did… but can I just say it did a great deal for my husband and me?
    Burdens shared are burdens divided. A sense of our heavy load somehow lightened this season.
    May God send you blessings unexpected for your labor of love.
    Btw, I was praying for you to make it to the end!
    With great appreciation,
    Margi & Chuck

    • Thank you, Margi, for your kind comments. It warms my heart greatly. Since you responded so quickly to the “call for names” you all were first on the list :-). After engaging so many in prayer this way, I can’t imagine stopping completely. So, you, Chuck, and Brian will be remembered in prayer often. Your words attest to prayer’s mystery. Thank you for your prayers for me, also. If you don’t mind, please don’t forget me in prayer. Thank you. To our merciful, living God, we give thanks! Keith

  2. Thank you so much for your prayers, Keith. I had some amazing experiences with God and his provision, protection and mercy. I was overwhelmed by His love for me this Lenten through very specific needs being met and joy through out difficulty. He is such a good Father! Thank you For your example of living out family love thnrough intercession. He is so faithful!

    • Hi Tamara. Thank you for sharing God’s wonderful work in your life these past weeks. It was my joy to join you in prayer on your journey. To our Faithful, Merciful God be all glory, honor, and praise! Keith

    • Hi Tim. It has been my honor. You hold a special place in my heart so the prayers will continue. Thanks be to God for all things. Keith

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