A Facebook friend posted a popular preacher’s link about the power of prayer to change the person who prays. The idea is not a new one, nor is it particularly profound. It makes sense that those who spend time talking to the Father are going to be(come) more loving, as He is.
Or does it? In the string of several hundred comments (No, I did not read them all!) there was a request for prayer from a reader. Following her request, there were dozens, perhaps hundreds, of continuing comments. People were attesting to the changes that prayer had made, or was making, in their personal lives. Not one person responded to her need. I did not see one comment that assured her that she would be lifted in someone’s prayers.
It made me sad to see all those super-spiritual comments, made by well-meaning people who had no clue that they were ignoring the pain and the cry of a saint in her personal and painful safari. Have we made our faith and our relationship with God so personal that it is all about us, to the exclusion of others?
I do not think that God means for our time with him to be so much about us alone. Prayer, if it is real communion with the Father, opens our eyes to see as God sees, unstops our ears to hear the cries that God hears, breaks our hearts with the things that break the heart of God.
I looked up the person who requested prayer. She is employed in some capacity in a church in another country. I will leave you to wonder whether I contacted her. If you would like to join me in prayer for her, her name is Lynne.