Hi Friday, you sure came quick! Today I wanted to share with y’all what our upcoming weekend plans are and also dive into something that’s been on my mind and heart lately…
I feel like this term gets thrown around a lot, especially in Christian communities, and yet we’re still all kinda shy and closed off about it. After all, a request for prayer is such an intimate thing! What if we need prayer for something we’re ashamed of, something we’re struggling with, something with having to do with being angry with God? The list goes on of things that are painful to ask for prayer for. None of us gravitate towards wanting to show our weak sides, so it’s often easy to brush over the term ‘prayer requests’. It’s easy to ask for ‘blanket’ prayers, and it’s easy to say back, “Oh, I’ll be praying for you!”. And of course any time we do ask and anytime we respond with saying we’ll be praying isn’t a bad thing… it’s a great thing! But what if it could be just a little bit more?
Sam and I recently heard a sermon… actually, a handful of sermons combined… that all lead me to really start thinking through the importance of prayer. I’ve been thinking through the reminders of how prayer doesn’t have to look a certain way, doesn’t have to have a certain terminology, doesn’t need to be fancy, and ultimately just doesn’t need to be as complicated as we make it out to be! But we make it complicated because we’re afraid. We’re afraid to be vulnerable with ourselves, our friends, our families…. because again, it’s hard to humble ourselves and ask for help.
Please hear me when I admit that I’m the queen of shying away from asking for prayer requests for myself. I often offer to pray for friends, but I have a really hard time sharing what I personally need prayer for because honestly, I struggle with pride. But recently, after these sermons striking some nerves… I’ve been encouraged to start asking.
I’ve been trying to be better about this with those closest to me, and I’ve already seen growth in myself. And, I’ve felt those prayers! I’ve felt loved and supported in ways that I truly believe only prayer can do. But I’ve also been feeling this tug that I really need to take it a step further and begin to expand my prayer request network.
In church a few weeks ago, the Pastor was speaking on asking those around us how we could be praying for them. And he wasn’t just referring to our close friends and family. He was referring to everyone that God is placing into our lives! For example: our coworkers, our delivery service men and women, our children’s teachers, the lady you see at the dog park, the man who checks you out at the grocery store…. everyone! At first, my initial earthly reaction was along the lines of “ummm sorry but I don’t want to come across as a crazy church-going lady that’s hunting people down on the street asking to hold their hands to pray.” And that was a dramatic response because that is absolutely not what he was saying. Haha! But he did said something along the lines of, “let’s not be afraid to show people that Christians believe in the power of prayer, and believe that God will answer”. Now that’s more like it, right? I mean… if we as Christians believe in Our Savior and believe that He is always listening and always there for any prayer prayed… why wouldn’t we want to share that? And further, why wouldn’t we want to witness how God can answer those prayers and prove what we believe to be true?
Here’s a few more notes I jotted down about prayer from one of those sermons:
- Prayer starts where you are. It’s an authentic conversation with God on what’s going on with our life.
- Prayers are received. We can trust that God hears.
- Prayer can change reality. We often do not have because we do not ask.
- Prayer involves confession. Prayer often doesn’t work for us because we’re not willing to confess what’s wrong with us.
I know those are big statements and there’s a lot of back story to each. But at face value, their good nuggets to think through, right?? Well, I’ve been thinking. And still feeling that tug about prayer requests. And today I want to be bold and ask y’all reading…
Can I pray for you?
This doesn’t have to be weird, I promise. And it can be as vulnerable or not vulnerable as you want it to be. My heart feels tugged to ask and therefore I hope you can see that it’s coming from a safe space. I feel so close to my readers and feel like I’m consistently building up a connection with y’all where I get the pleasure and honor of getting to know you and your lives! And since the biggest part of my life is first and foremost my faith, I just want me asking if I can be praying for you to be a genuine extension of me and my life and my relationship with each and every one of y’all reading here.
I totally get that this could come across weird. I totally understand that if you don’t pray, this is definitely weird. But I really truly mean it… I don’t want to make it weird! I just want to ask if I can pray for you. If you don’t personally pray, let me pray! If you do pray, let’s pray for each other! It’s a genuine invitation with no boundaries, expectations, judgment, or limits.
I’ve mulled over how this even looks being that we’re all friends via the internet but the world-wide web is also a scary place. Do I expect you to post a comment with your deepest prayer requests? Nope. Just like out of privacy and some boundaries for my own life, I’m not going to be posting my most intimate prayer requests here on my blog. However, today I do want to start with sharing just a few prayer requests that I would love for y’all to be praying for. The requests I’m sharing may not be super detailed and specific, but it is vulnerable for me and feels like a good start! So here goes nothing:
We are headed to Oregon this weekend to honor my brother-in-law who passed away from cancer almost 2 years ago. It’s an intimate family weekend honoring his life, which as you can imagine will be incredibly emotional. I’m so grateful we are doing this, but I know each family members head is swirling with thoughts as we all travel and plan to be together for the weekend. So my first prayer request would be that all the plans for the weekend fall into place, that we all can be close and connected through our honoring Tim, and that ultimately Jesus is glorified throughout the weekend. Also in regards to the weekend, we will be leaving our new puppy baby, Dallas, with my parents for the first time. I know he’s in the best hands possible, but I’d be lying if I wasn’t admitting that I’m very sad to leave him (we’ve spent nearly every single moment of the day together for the past 2 weeks!) and that I feel a sense of guilt that I’m unloading a ton of responsibility over to my parents for the weekend. So, I’d love prayer for my feelings during that portion of the weekend.
So those are my prayer requests right now. If you feel comfortable sharing something I could pray for you for, please email me or direct message me on Instagram – whatever you’re most comfortable with! My heart feels vulnerable in proposing this on my blog here today, but something in me is also saying that we ALL could use prayer and perhaps one of y’all would love one more person or friend to be praying for you, too.
I do have to say that in regards to my availability this weekend, I won’t be able to write you back immediately as I’m going to really try to put my phone away (except for Dallas updates!) and be as present as possible for the weekend. We fly out tonight and back early Monday. So if you don’t hear from me Saturday and Sunday, that’s why. HOWEVER, if I hear from you, I will be praying the moment I read anything you send me! You’ll hear back from me the second I have time to write you a thoughtful reply.
This invitation is extended beyond this weekend… it’s every single day! And I’ll try to gently ask here and there as a reminder that the offer still and always stands. I hope that this little leap of faith in blog post form feels connecting and that even if you’re not okay with chatting with me directly, that’s more than okay. Just know that I AM praying for each and every person reading this blog of mine and that y’all following along are truly a gift to me. Thank you!!!
Wishing y’all the most wonderful of weekends!