This week’s article is written by Arnie Saaf, a member of Godfrey First United Methodist Church, 1100 Airport Road.
My wife, Iris, and I use a Christian publication, “The Upper Room,” as our daily devotional (though we try to do it daily, we probably average four days a week.) The one for July 1 was entitled “Let’s Pray Now.” The author told of a time he asked a friend to pray for a concern he had. To my surprise, his friend said, “Let’s pray now.”
When I get a request to pray for someone, or when someone tells me of their concern, I often say, “I will pray for you.” Then I go about my business and many times forget what I had promised to do. This is shameful … a sin of omission. It is a privilege to be able to pray for someone, to call on the power of God to focus on their need.
To prevent such forgetfulness, wouldn’t be better for us to stop right there, take the person’s hand and offer our prayer? No matter where we are, we could make it an immediate response. It would not only trump forgetfulness; it might touch the person’s heart when they need it most. It might even touch others who are nearby.
Now all I have to do is practice what I preach.