I am abundantly blessed. There are so many things I have taken for granted, yet as I feel led by the Lord to dive deeper into intercessory prayer, I am taking every opportunity to pray for my community. I see those things I take as a given, are prayers and a longings in others’ lives.
I wake and effortlessly get out of bed to start my day. I exercise, a simple daily walk, yet this is not possible for those who struggle with health issues. I get ready to go into the office and work. I have work, a job, a way to support my home, feed and clothe myself bless others as I am gainfully employed.
I get into my car and make the trek to work each day. I have friends who have no vehicle and must rely on others, the public transit system, and their ability to walk where they need to go. I pray for breakthrough and job opportunities, reliable transportation, the means to repair a broken down car.
I manage a team, helping people move forward with their educational and career goals. All these responsibilities, but also opportunities to bless those I work with. Opportunities to pray, and pour into their lives. I am also blessed by their stories, the work they do to support our team, and company vision. I am blessed to see their faces each day and work together solving problems, helping each other to be successful. I am humbled and deeply moved when they share their burdens and allow me to pray with and for them.
When I return home, I have only to care for myself, my own needs. I fill my time with works of service, entertainment, and relaxation. I think of the prayers I pray for people going through major crisis who live with stress and anxiety, not knowing if they will be able to take care of themselves or their families. Not knowing if they will have the resources to take care of the basics. Wondering if their health coverage will be enough to address the issues they are facing. Will they be able to be there for a sick family member, or sit at the bedside of a dying parent? So many needs, and so many overlooked blessings all around us.
Prayer changes things. Prayer moves mountains. Prayer changes hearts. Prayer is a powerful gift from God. If you ever feel yourself in a state of stress, feeling overwhelmed by your circumstances, or lacking for anything, pray. Pray for yourself, then look around and pray for your loved ones. Pray for your community. Prayer is having an amazing effect on my life. It is changing me and waking me moment by moment to the truth of how abundantly blessed I am. ~♡