You might be the only one. Just you.
This week Beth Moore publicized on Instagram that one of her staff members, Lici, was rushed to the hospital and had a blood clot removed from her brain.
Lici is still not awake. It has been some days.
Since I have attended Living Proof Live events featuring Beth Moore’s bible teaching and enjoyed worship led by Travis Cottrell, I have seen Lici on stage as part of the worship team.
My heart hurts for all who know her.
As I was pulling out of the neighborhood on Wednesday of this week and waiting for traffic to let me in, I thought of Lici, and I prayed, “Lord, wake her up!”
Then my thoughts went this direction.
I would not even know about Lici without Beth’s Instagram post. Beth has 513,000 followers, many of who are now praying for Lici. I am so thankful! But what about the people in the world who aren’t connected to a famous person that can reach hundreds of thousands with a click of a button?
What about the people in my life the rest of the world doesn’t know about?
Seems unfair, like social media is tampering with equity. The people in my life don’t have a social network that includes a famous person on social media.
This means my prayers for people in my life are all the more precious.
After all, who else will pray for them, if not me? Unless they are praying for themselves (and many aren’t), I may be the only one on some days who speaks their name to the God of heaven and earth.
This week, as I have taken names of people to the throne of God in prayer, my sense of responsibility to pray weighed more heavily, the opportunity to pray seemed more special, and the value of my prayers increased.
- What about my friends Ethel and LeAnn with chronic pain?
- Who else is praying for my kids? Perhaps it was just me today.
- Who else is praying for April and Terry, Fhonda and Sheila, Analda and Monika, Jen and Dawn?
Just me today? That might actually be the case.
God heard these names from my lips this week. You won’t know them. Their needs to do not appear on social media. These are my people. These are my prayer responsibilities.
If I don’t pray, who else will?
Greg, Carol, Dawn, Riley, Michael, Hannah, Nick, Clay, Jannah, Kay, Elizabeth, Jamie, Kellen, Callie, Paul, Karen, Lisa, Austin, John, Jack, Maddie, Tracy, Ron, Carson, Mo, Shane, Kelly, Vanessa, Brian, Jewl, Terra, Amber, Margee, Tish, Joiya, Nicole, Carson, Pam, Rodney, Nick, Martha, Sheela, YuanYuan, Bridget, Fiona, Logan, Helen, Margarida, Steve, Mo, Caitlin, Nopaluck, O’Shon, Bill, William, Cyndy
And the list goes on and on.
Who are your family members? Your clients? Your neighbors? Your students? Your church community? Your friends? Who are the friends of your kids? Make sure they are on your prayer list. You might be the only one praying.
As you pray for your people this week, may you see the importance of your prayer work more clearly. Pray this for someone right now!
And so, from the day we heard, we have not ceased to pray for you, asking that you may be filled with the knowledge of his will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding, so as to walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing to him, bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God. May you be strengthened with all power, according to his glorious might, for all endurance and patience with joy, giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of the saints in light. (Colossians 1:9-12)
And, of course, let’s pray for Lici. Lord, wake her up!
Picture Explanation: These are photos I have received this week from various sources of my people. Some are throwbacks. Some are current. All are my prayer responsibility.
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