regardless of your religious beliefs, many people believe in prayer. many people pray to God on a daily basis or even throughout the day. some set aside specific times to pray, and others pray when the need arises.
i like to pray in the morning and night, to bless my food, and at other times throughout the day. with the advancement of social media and technology, word of tragedy spreads quickly. whether it is someone we know or a total stranger, we often feel helpless. there seems to be nothing we can do to help the situation except pray.
how often do we tell someone we will pray for them or they are in our thoughts and prayers? i say that often, but all too often we get caught up in what we are doing and forget that promise to pray.
a few months ago, one of my friends on facebook shared the idea that when she promises someone she will pray for them, she stops what she is doing right that minute and says a prayer. i love that. it is easy enough to stop what i am doing and pray. saying the prayer immediately helps me remember the person and to keep them in my prayers more consistently.
i also keep a notebook beside my bed. i write down the names of people that i need to pray for. having that reminder also helps me to actually follow through with the promised prayers. i like to remember family and friends and even people i don't know in my prayers, and these simple strategies really happen.
what about you? how do you remember to pray for people?