Included in my quiet-talk-to-God-time this week are the prayer concerns of two women whom I have never met. They are strangers to me. I selected two prayer cards out of several large baskets containing approximately 7,000 prayer cards at a Priscilla Shirer’s conference. Coincidence? Random luck? No, I think not. My God is too big for coincidence and luck.
These two cards share serious real-life concerns of two strangers. As Priscilla reminded the crowd, “Don’t take a card, if you aren’t serious about praying. This card represents someone’s life.” Yep, these are real pleas from real people.
I can hear the heartbreak in their words. “That my husband will have his eyes opened and he will see God’s love for him. I know one day his heart, too, will be opened and he will let God’s love in.”
I can hear the urgency too. “My first child, a little girl, is due any day now.”
So I pick up these cards and pray for these strangers. I talk to God about a husband who doesn’t know God’s love yet. “Yes, Lord, please open his eyes and his heart.” I talk to God about this precious unborn child. “Lord, please bring this baby girl safely into the world.” I talk to God about these strangers. ” Lord, help them to become strong and faithful women. Bless and strengthen their marriages.”
It is an extreme privilege and serious responsibility to bring their concerns to the throne of our Almighty God. In coming before God, the distance between me and the strangers grows smaller. Commonality is revealed. I don’t feel like we are strangers; perhaps more like kindred souls. We are striving to become strong women of God; traveling life’s challenging road together.
Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective. James 5:16 (NIV)
On the cool flip side of this is knowing that a complete stranger is praying over my prayer card this week. I shared with a stranger what is weighing heavily on me. The cry of my heart spilled onto a card that was placed into a basket and plucked out by a stranger. Now, a stranger is going boldly before the God of the universe with my real-life concerns. She holds the card in her hand and talks to our God about me. What a blessing!
No, we aren’t strangers after all. We are sisters in Christ; bonded through prayer. I thank God for my two new nameless friends. As C. S. Lewis said, ” Friendship is born at the moment when one person says to another, “What! You too? I thought I was the only one.”
Let’s Walk Worthy!
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