"Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you."
I Thessalonians 5:16-18
"...Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus."
"Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our affliction, so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any affliction, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God. For as we share abundantly in Christ's sufferings, so through Christ we share abundantly in comfort too."
II Corinthians 1:3-5
Now this is not an original idea. I am sure many of you make prayer lists. My inspiration is my mother. She is a prayer warrior. She has a huge list of prayer requests and praises. When I talk to her about school or life, and she hears a need, she says, "I'll add that to my list." And, she is faithful. I forget sometimes. I say I will pray for something and in the walk between hearing it and writing it down, it gets lost in the clutter that is my brain. I am trying to get into the habit of praying as soon as I hear the request. This is especially helpful as a teacher, with my students frequently coming to me to ask for prayer. I tried to get in the habit of saying, "How about we pray about that now?" I was inspired to do this from a parent at my school (I taught all 3 of her children). She made it a point to ask me whenever she saw me if there was anything she could pray for on my behalf. If I shared something, she made it a point to hold my hands or wrap her arms around me and pray right then and there.
So, let's combine the two- let's keep a list (in the form of comments) and when you visit, take a few moments to pray for those requests right then and there. Please include praises too! I see so many people who are asking for prayer across the blogs I have been visiting. Let's strive to lift up each other in prayer. Pray for the people whose blogs you are following, whether they are believers or not. Leave us a note to pray for a unspoken request...the Lord knows our hearts. Whatever we do, let's just pray together!