Have you prayed for your someone else today? Have you taken the time to consider what someone else is going through and how you can be a help?
Sometimes we are so overwhelmed by our own problems that we don’t reflect on what others are experiencing and how we can lend a helping hand. We don’t have to have the solution to other people’s problems nor should we carry their burdens, but we can offer a shoulder to cry on, or a treat to lunch, or if nothing else, a prayer.
“Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.” James 5:16 NIV
We tend to forget the power of prayer backed up by faith and works. When we pray for someone else we are sending a request to God. God acknowledges our requests when we believe that He has the power to perform them. He in return blesses us for caring for our brother.
In addition to prayer, consider what you can actually do for someone else. It will cost you a few dollars to make some sandwiches, head downtown and hand them out to the homeless. It will take an hour or two of your time to visit a local nursing home and spend time with the elderly who may not have visitors for months at a time. Show your child, spouse, or friend that you love them by taking them out to eat or planning a movie night. You would be astounded by how special the little things really can be to people. Make it your mission everyday to bless someone else, starting with a prayer.