What to Say When Asked to Pray
Posted on November 20, 2015
If I ask for help praying, here’s what’s NOT happening:
- I’m not saying I have a mild case of self absorption that can be cured by looking at the big picture.
- I’m not saying I lack peace.
- I’m not saying I lack faith or trust in God.
- I’m not saying that what I really need is a chipper platitude to get me through a tough time.
- I’m not being abstract.
Prayer is practical.
Prayer is work.
Prayer is action.
But too often, we treat prayer requests as invitations for platitudes. We act like our friend just needs to buck up. We act like God isn’t there and assume by our words that our friend lacks faith.
Here’s an example:
Imagine you’re friends with Moses. He sits down for some pitas with your group and goes, “Man, I would really appreciate your prayers for this Pharoah thing.”
One guy goes, “You’ve got this, MoMo! You’re the best, man.”
Another dude is like, “Just think. In a few years, this will all have blown over.”
The lady next to him is all, “The Pharoah thing is totally going to work out. It always does.”
This dude who’s just spent 25 minutes playing “Goat or Sheep,” an impression game similar to Charades but with limited subject matter, says, “Just trust God!”
The old lady next to him looks at him and says, “Goat.” Her husband laughs. Then the old husband takes his old wive’s hand and leans toward Moses and says, “Yes. We will pray for you.” Moses sighs with relief.
Seriously though, I DO trust God, which is why I asked for help moving the mountain.
That’s why the best answer is, “I’ll pray.” (Thank you all for your prayers.)