I was scrolling through Facebook the other day and in viewing a very heated discussion my eyes fell on a sentence that completely broke my heart. A lady so boldly stating that she was hurt that people felt the need to pray for her.
Her exact words were, “I’m offended that you think I need prayer.”
Followed by a heartfelt, “Don’t pray for me.”
I’m not going to lie, it stung; because prayer is something I wholeheartedly believe in.
But to be honest, I can’t say I haven’t been there.
I don’t know the whole story behind these ladies words, but I do know that I too have felt that offense. And I’ll admit, it was completely misguided. What I was struggling with was a pride thing. Maybe a little bit of a fear thing too.
Am I Too Proud To Pray?
Stephanie Miller tells it best in her post Ain’t Too Proud To Pray (Or Am I?).
“I don’t ask for prayer because I am afraid what people will think of me… I’ve developed this image of myself and even though I can be open about a lot of things, asking for prayer seems like defeat.” – Stephanie Miller (Butterfly Beginnings)
To read Stephanie’s post in entirety, click here.
I can’t tell you how many times I have sat in prayer services, in need of prayer, but refused to respond to any sort of invitation to it. I wouldn’t dare give away that something in my life wasn’t perfect or that I needed God’s help with anything. I’ve never been good at asking.
Eventually, I realized that I had to get over, “me.” I had to stop feeling so threatened by help and prayer. Again Stephanie hits it on the nail.
“Asking for someone to pray for you is not a sign of defeat. It will not make them think that you aren’t the person that they think you are. It is a sign of surrender and with that surrender there is strength.” – Stephanie MiIller (Butterfly Beginnings)
Is there something in your life you could use some help with? An area where you need or just simply want God’s help with? If there is (and trust me, you’re not alone) don’t be afraid to ask for prayer. In fact, I’d love to pray for you!
“As a church and community, we are called to pray for each other. We pray for others sin, struggles, health, marriages, kids, addictions and spiritual relationships.” – Stephanie Miller (Butterfly Beginnings)
It’s okay if that person we are praying for, is you.
If you have something you’d like for me to pray about, leave a comment below. Or if you’d like, you can send a private message to me HERE. 🙂