A smile spread across my face as I read the text message, “How can I pray for you?”
My friend, Wendy, several states away was checking in. Wendy has sent me this same text several times over the last couple of years.
The first time she texted “How can I pray for you?” I was a little taken aback. No one had ever sent me a text like that before. I consider that kind of a personal question. But being one who always welcomes prayer, I sent back whatever was on my heart that day.
Ladies, these six little words could make a huge impact on the people God has placed in your life.
How might it change the relationships on your team if you periodically texted each member – “How can I pray for you?”
The women in your Bible study.
The women in your small group.
I don’t know if Wendy has a set schedule or method. Maybe she works her way through the contacts in her phone.
To help hold us all (me included!) accountable, I came up with a few Guidelines for Texting Prayer Requests.
- Keep the requests confidential. If you are prone to gossip, this method may not be for you.
- Only text members of the same sex.
- Keep the details and your texts brief. Avoid using names or personal details.
- Make certain you pray. Do it immediately so you don’t forget!
- Prayer is a very personal thing. Don’t be offended if the response is lacking (or nonexistent) or if the question is not reciprocated.
What other guidelines would you add?
Wendy actually types out her prayer back to me via text, but honestly that’s not necessary. You could just respond after having prayed, “It was an honor to pray for you.”
So sweet sister in Christ, “How can I pray for you?”
If there’s a need or situation in your life that you’d like to share, I would be honored to pray for you. You can leave a general request in the comments below or send me a note at Cyndee (AT) womensministrytoolbox (DOT) com.
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