A Spiritual Exercise: Who Needs Prayer?

spiritual exercise oct 2018

Begin this exercise by picturing yourself in the center of a set of concentric circles. You’re in the center, but the focus isn’t on you. Within the first circle are your family and closest friends. It’s probably easy to identify the needs of at least two or three. Make a note.

Now picture the next circle. Make a note of their names and needs. Now picture the widest circle, people whom you don’t know personally, but whose needs you are aware of—the woman in a wheelchair who you passed on the street, the homeless family you read about. Make a note.

At this point you probably have a list of about ten people. Pray for these people throughout the coming week. Keep the list where you will notice it, perhaps next to your bed or on your desk.

Take five or ten minutes every day to pray for them. Even a few moments of meaningful, heartfelt prayer can make a big difference in someone’s life. “When a believing person prays, great things happen.” (James 5:16 NCV)

Text adapted from Activated magazine. Image (foreground) designed by Freepik. Background in public domain.

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