For whom are you thankful today? Pray for them and tell them you are praying… Praying for people is a multiplier of relationships. If you desire to share God’s love for others, live a life of gratitude and enact your thanksgiving in a commitment to pray for those you love!
15 For this reason, ever since I heard about your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love for all God’s people, 16 I have not stopped giving thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers.
The apostle Paul was thankful for the Ephesian church, ever since he heard of their faith in the Lord Jesus and their love for all of God’s people. For whom are you thankful today?
I heard recently that gratitude helps us form better relationships with each other. By showing thanksgiving toward others, you grease the wheels of relationship. Imagine how this could work in your office… or your school… or in your church.
Relationships are the currency of turning outward.
If we desire to share the love of Jesus with others, relationship is mission-critical. People want to feel cared for first. Then and only then will they want to listen. Why? Because on the foundation of love and appreciation, people form trust.
Showing people you are thankful for them earns trust and relationship, yet one of the things I have found is that praying for people is a multiplier of relationships. When you tell someone that you are praying for their needs, you blow the doors open to relationship.
This happened to me recently when Lucy and I prayed for the needs of an acquaintance of ours. We asked her how we could pray and followed up to see how she was doing. A little while later she contacted us to take us out to dinner, which caught us by surprise. At dinner, we were trying to figure out what we had done that prompted her to want to take us out. When she told us, we were blown away.
No one had ever prayed for her before and she couldn’t believe that we would offer to pray for her and her family. In fact, when we asked her what to pray for, she had a hard time answering because she, herself, did not know how to pray. We were then able to share why we pray and how to pray and that Jesus is the one who enables our prayers to be heard before God.
I asked earlier whom you are thankful for, and I want to go further. Are you praying for that person? If you are thankful that someone is in your life, as an acquaintance or a friend, are you praying for them? And if you are, have you considered telling them you are praying? I bet it will open the doors even wider to relationship as you care for them…