Mike & Shelly 2012

What Do You Pray For?

The most awesome video I watched all week was this interview featuring Bono.  (Never mind that half the kids in my high school classes didn’t seem to know who he was.)

Bono has always stood out to me because of his candidness, his compassion, and his unwillingness to be crammed into any kind of restrictive box.  He is honest and focused.  The clip delivers exactly this side of Bono as he is asked about his faith. My favorite part comes when the interviewer asks him what he prays for.

Bono: “The will of God, because the prayers have more of a chance of coming true … we read the scriptures … we pray … we’ll pray for people we know who are struggling with something, like illness – ”

This was where the interviewer cut him of and asked, “So, then what or who was Jesus?”

Bono’s answer continues to be authentic and directly honest.  I loved everything he had to say, however  I do wish though, he’d had a chance to finish his “prayer list”.

What would your list have been?

Made me think of the part prayer has played in my own family.  “What do we pray for?” you ask.

Well …

One of my favorite parts of the day is when Mike drives me to work in the morning.  We generally use that time to start the day together in prayer.  Last week was especially sweet.  “I just want to give thanks,” Mike started us off.  And he did.  And his list was long.  We have seen so many evidences of God’s guidance and provisions in our lives this last three years.  We have several unanswered situations still floating “out there.” Mike gave thanks for those situations as well.

We pray for our daughters … that they will seek God’s will and know His love and His faithfulness.
We pray for our loved ones and extended family … that they would seek God’s purposes in their day and lives.
We pray for our work places … that God’s love and grace will show up resulting in unity and wisdom and salvation for any who don’t yet know God’s plan.
We pray for our country … that humble yet determined, unashamed leaders will emerge … that our nation will protect moral freedoms. We pray for the citizens of our country … that we will live life with honor and gratefulness … acting as good caretakers of the gifts and talents we’ve been given.

We pray for our church and Christian leaders … that they might sense a renewed passion for Christ each week … that they not grow weary … that their families stay spiritually nourished and united.
We pray for our city … that crime dries up … that families stay united … that heavenly peace paves all of our streets.
In all things … we pray for a heavenly perspective … that joy and hope will reign over our fears … that God’s love will motivate us … that we will have lived a day making the devil mad and the world a better place.

Below is a favorite Bible passage for focusing my thoughts before I talk to the Lord in prayer.  The psalmist’s words reminds me of God’s plans, purposes, and abilities.  May you be re-energized as you seek Him out today.

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Psalm 147: 1-11

1 Praise the Lord!

How good to sing praises to our God!
How delightful and how fitting!
2 The Lord is rebuilding Jerusalem
and bringing the exiles back to Israel.
3 He heals the brokenhearted
and bandages their wounds.
4 He counts the stars
and calls them all by name.
5 How great is our Lord! His power is absolute!
His understanding is beyond comprehension!
6 The Lord supports the humble,
but He brings the wicked down into the dust.

7 Sing out your thanks to the Lord;
sing praises to our God with a harp.
8 He covers the heavens with clouds,
provides rain for the earth,
and makes the grass grow in mountain pastures.
9 He gives food to the wild animals
and feeds the young ravens when they cry.
10 He takes no pleasure in the strength of a horse
or in human might.
11 No, the Lord’s delight is in those who fear Him,
those who put their hope in His unfailing love.

 

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