I’ve been preparing for one of the “One Another” passages that are part of our Transplant series, and a question has haunted my heart: “Bruce, how often do you revisit the things for which you have prayed?” In other words, when I pray for something, do I continue to care, to carry that burden, to keep that person or problem before the Lord and my own attention?
My honest answer is “not well.” I don’t do that well. Even this morning, I found something for which I had prayed three weeks ago. But as soon as that week came to a close, it disappeared from my vision. I hate that! And I recognize that as an all-too-familiar pattern for most of us. The more familiar things keep coming to mind, but those at the edge do not.
So, let this be my confession: I’m working on my persistence. During this COVID era, a peer of mine had a very severe case and I found myself waking up with him on my mind. Praying was very natural because it was on my mind. But others who were just as sick didn’t have a natural connection, so without a regular reminder, I never returned to pray for them. Here’s my question:
What will you do to keep things on the front burner so that you can say with integrity, “I’m praying for you”? I don’t want to pray and forget. I want to pray again and again while I watch what God does and recognize His grace in action. I don’t want to miss out on that.
What about you?