Praying for Those in Your Path

Here in Budapest, I see her daily on the pavement of the underground metro station, buried beneath dirty quilts, sleeping off the previous night's cheap wine. 

On the sidewalk, we move quickly past the well-dressed and the poor, the healthy and the crippled. 

We buy pastries from a lady who looks tired while an aging Gypsy woman begs nearby. 

I wonder what's going on inside these people's hearts. And lately, the Lord has been prompting me to pray for them. In fact, every time I get on a metro or bus, I've decided to choose a person to pray for during the ride. 

Budapest is full of unusual sights and sounds, reminding me to practice prayer, but I want to continue praying for people in my path when I return to the States. 

It helps me remember the presence and purposes of God are always before me, and it teaches me to "pray continually" (1 Thessalonians 5:17). 

How do you remember to pray for people in your path? Are you learning to pray continually? I'd love to hear about it.

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10 comments:

  1. The other day I was on the bus and the girl that takes the money seemed to be having a really bad day and then I saw her wipe some tears. I felt the Lord prompting me to pray for her. I don't know what happened to her before or after but I know that I took some time to pray for her and her physical needs as well as her spiritual needs.
    I'm working on noticing those around me and though I can't help them all I can pray. Your series has been an encouragement to me.
    Bethany in Brazil.

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    1. Thanks for sharing this, Bethany. This is a great example of this principle. And I'm sure God used your prayers more than you may ever know.
      Bless you,
      Gail

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  2. Thank you for sharing. I have heard Joyce Meyer say several times to get your mind off yourself and your problems we should be a blessing to others. I have felt God nudging me to start a prayer notebook and keep track of people to pray for. That's my plan this week to get started!

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    1. Yes, Joan, I find that when I focus on others it really helps me see my problems in perspective. I pray that using a prayer notebook will bless your prayer time.
      Gail

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  3. Yes, Gail, I too wonder what is going on in hearts of the people I come across. I have to stop (more often) and pray for these people God puts in my path. You are right on track with this - keep on serving Him!

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  4. What a beautiful heart God has given you Gail! You truly are an example to me and to so many others!
    I do very little of these in my daily interactions with my clients (people with disabilities) but I will try doing more. Thanks for such practical ideas!
    Love you

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    1. Marta,
      You are so sweet, and I thank you for the encouragement. I know God has given you a special heart for the people you help in your work too. Bless you!

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  5. I have been praying for my mother-in-law, with whom my husband and I live. Her negative attitude has made me feel so unhappy, I figure that she must be even more unhappy and I pray that God will meet her where she is and bless her.

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    1. I love your attitude, Jenn. What a great example for others dealing with a difficult relationship. May God richly bless your efforts.

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