During my first week of college, a new friend asked me to be her prayer partner. “Of course!” I eagerly responded.
I knew how to pray (or at least thought I did). I wasn’t afraid. I practiced prayer throughout my whole life.
During a break between classes, the two of us took off for a friend’s unoccupied dorm room to talk to God.
The next few moments with Dale changed my whole life.
I prayed for one, no two, or even maybe five minutes. Whoa! Then my spiritual balloon popped! Dale began to pray. For one hour, she prayed, by name, for at least 100 people. She earnestly talked to God about fellow students, professors, family members and anyone else she could think of. Prayer flowed from her mouth. Her burden was contagious. Her passion for people and their souls exploded from her heart.
The next week, I brought my written list. Although I knew a lot of people, I was not in the habit of praying for them all by name.
The compassion and the spiritual fervency were not yet flowing from my life. I really wanted what she had and cherished every bit I could learn from her humble example. I. like Dale, wanted to become a servant of prayer. I sought the Lord to teach me to pray, His way.
A few months went by. We prayed during breaks, often in the evenings and when we had nothing else to do. I still had my written lists, but from my mind and heart came a freedom to share my burdens.
After a semester break, Dale and I started our classes and something happened on that campus. Students started questioning our faith. Others asked about how to get God in their lives. There were discussions in the cafeteria, in class and in the hallways. Bible studies began. There were prayer meetings in many places. We shared the gospel.
People listened. God drew many in that crowd to Himself. Many lives were changed.
Real people on my list gave their lives to Jesus.
Do you have a list?
- Are you praying for friends, neighbors, coworkers, etc. to come to Christ?
- Do you have a burden for those who are struggling and lost?
- Are you willing to spend a few minutes everyday to pray for your list?
Promise: Continue earnestly in prayer, being vigilant in it with thanksgiving. Colossians 2:4
Partnering with God: Lord, teach me to pray with your compassion for others. Increase my burden for those around me. I want to be faithful to obey your call to prayer. Show me who you want on my list.
Let me know your thoughts!
Partnering with God,