While grabbing a book from the coffee table recently, I knocked my daughter’s book on the floor and out spilled little slips of paper from within. Written on the slips of paper were the names of people ~ friends and peers from school, as well as kids and adults from church, camp and more. I knew instantly these names had come from the bin. Let me explain…
Erin has been praying for others for as long as I can remember. When she was about 10 years old I really became aware of her dedication and discipline to pray; she had converted a Valentine’s candy box into a prayer box and in it she had placed both names and categories of people for whom she was praying. (I found myself sometimes telling you I’d pray for you and then forgetting – not nearly as dedicated as my 10 year old!) Erin had (and still has) a particular burden on her heart for soldiers, as well as the vulnerable ~ she had slips of paper in that box that included “foster kids” and “unsung heros”. At 10 years old I discovered she was also more diligent then I was to pray for the leaders of our church when I saw their names inside her box as well.
Today Erin is quickly moving towards being 17 years-old and the spilled slips of paper is evidence that she is still praying for those around her. Over Christmas she told me that her prayer box was very full so she was going to make a prayer bin instead, and so she has. It’s already almost full of names of those she prays for – names of friends and peers, even names those who have slighted her or hurt her feelings. There are kids she teaches in Sunday school, adults who serve alongside her at church, pastors and their families, soldiers – both named and unnamed, kids she has been a counselor for at summer camp, married couples within our circle, kids who are loners, popular and more. I am humbled as I consider her heart and passion for praying for others. She is my example.
So today I followed her lead and have created my own prayer box. I put in my own slips of paper with names that came to my mind, and like Erin, I will continue to add people to my box as life goes on. Also like Erin, I will weekly pull names out of my box and pray for their needs – both known and unknown.
Thanks, Erin for leading the way on this important spiritual discipline.
And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests.
With this in mind, be alert and always keep praying for all the Lord’s people.