I, Me, My

I, Me, My

One day, I tried listening to myself while praying and came up with a list of the most commonly used words found in my prayers. On top of them are the words “I, me, and my.”

“Thank you Lord for guiding me and for putting my schedule in place. I hope that you give me more wisdom and please give me the strength that need. You know how much want to pass my interview tomorrow. Please help me answer with confidence. I really want this and I hope that you grant my request. I am also in need financially, please take care of my needs, Lord. ”

Praying is our personal time with God. From the word “personal,” most often than not our prayers tend to revolve around us — our needs, our thanksgiving, our wishes, our requests. We like to pray for ourselves. Imagine praying everyday and God hearing I, me, and my all the time.  Of course He will never get tired of listening to us, but imagine the joy we will bring to Him when He hears us pray for other people as well?  How about dedicating a day or two in a week to pray for them? — for the people we cherish, for those we seldom see, and even for strangers, including the person that God has meant for you to meet in the future. Praying is an expression of love first to God, and second to the people we pray for. It can be a friend, a family member, a loved one, a classmate, even a person we don’t like, or a stranger on the streets. In short, we can pray for anyone!

“Thank you Lord for guiding my mom and for putting my sister’s schedule in place. I hope that you give them more wisdom and please give my father the strength that he needs as well. You know how much he wants to provide for the family. Please guide him in his decisions. I also pray for my friends. I may not see them too often, but I pray that You stay by their side always, and may their hearts find joy in You alone. I pray for my workmates. Bind us together and help us rise from the challenges that come with our daily tasks. Finally, I pray for everyone I will meet today and in the coming days. I don’t know who they are yet, but I know You have a purpose behind every encounter, every time you put people in our path. Please help me accept them as they are.”

Praying for other people is an expression of love and selflessness, a reflection of how much we value our relationships and the future blessings God has in store for us. God is pleased when He hears us say thank you for someone else’s blessings or when we ask for His favour on behalf of our brothers and sisters. He is interested to hear us pray for someone else as much as he enjoys hearing our “I, me, and my” prayer. Growing together entails praying for each other. There is power in togetherness, and I would love to believe that the prayers we lift up together are echoed to the heavens much, much higher. We can start by praying for one person, and then another one the next day, until we realize we’ve already prayed for more people than we know. And the only thing left for us to do is wait in excitement to see how God will answer each of those selfless prayers.

We at TLW invite you to take this moment to pray for that person in your mind right now.

 

Guest post by Carmela Ann Santos, TLW Volunteer

Love and Prayer

Love and Prayer

“What are the ideal qualities you want for a future mate?”

You probably want your future mate to be beautiful, handsome, tall, petite, intelligent, responsible, kind, honest, understanding, loving, and a whole lot of other ‘good’ qualities you have probably listed down already.

Most of us, if not all, want to be married someday to someone that we’ll really like. Someone who will fall into the list of qualities we want. It excites us to think of that person who will have those qualities—to the point that we are not going to entertain anyone who does not live up to the list.

But are those qualities really important for your future mate? Or there’s something more important, far essential that your future mate must have, that you’re probably not even considering?

We often get caught in the excitement of our “ideals” and we forget that Love is selfless. That it’s about thinking highly of others and less of yourself. Maybe it’s solely thinking about what’s best for that person, rather than thinking of what you want.

Adam Young, a.k.a. Owl City, wrote in one of his blogs, about his future mate.

“… For this I truly know:

 She is out there. My Cinderella. She is real. She exists. I pray for her constantly. May God satisfy the desires of her heart, draw her close, consume her. May He claim her passions, her identity, her refuge, her hopes, her strengths and weaknesses, every fiber of her being. May she treasure and cherish her Savior more than anything of this world and cling to His will with every ounce of her stamina. By all that she is, does, and strives to be, may He draw near to her and she to Him.”

When we pray to God about our future mate, may we have this kind of prayer too—that loving someone is about the other person and less of ourselves.