ImageI had an opportunity to pray over one of my employees this morning.  It is not something I used to do in my old job, and I have only had a few opportunities to do it now.  It still feels a little uncomfortable.  What might somebody think? Will I offend?  Will I get labeled?

So what? A little bit of unease should be in the life of every believer.  It is that stretching of a muscle unused before that moment.  I think it will pass.  If I keep doing it.

I hear people say they will pray for a person, but if they don’t see you do it, do they really believe it?  I guess that is what I am trying to do.  I am not sure of where a person might stand with God, and that is between the two of them, but when I see they are hurting, simply asking them if I can pray shows that I really care.  I’m willing to show them I care about them so they can see it and hear it.  Then I can pray about their relationship with God on “my time”.

So, I guess that is my encouraging thought of the day.  When you see someone hurting, ask them if you can pray. *You can do it quietly even if they say no!


Author: Tom Tanner

I'm a follower of Christ, husband, and father. Over the last few years I have been learning how to dig deeper into God's Word and letting it influence more of my life. As I learn, try, fail, and repeat in this process I am seeing God's hand more and more in my life and that of my family as well. This journey is long, hard, and at times a little lonely, but living a Relentless life for Christ has rewards that reach beyond me and my family. My prayer is that it brings God glory and leaves a legacy that will show His influence in my life.

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