Praying For My Neighbour
"Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful. And pray for us, too, that God may open a door for our message, so that we may proclaim the mystery of Christ..."
Praying for our neighbours is a wonderful way to love them.
The Bible reminds us that prayer changes things. When we pray we invite God into a situation. And when we pray for others we not only build our relationship with God, but our empathy for the people we're praying for increases.
So this winter, let's start a new habit, or continue an old one, and pray for our neighbours.
Where to Start
If you know your neighbours name, pray for them by name. If you don't yet know it, perhaps ask God to give you an opportunity and the courage to find out. Otherwise, don't worry, God knows their name, He'll know who you mean.
Thankfulness and Praise
Start by thanking God for your neighbours - dig deep for ways in which you're grateful for them, or simply the fact that they are an example of God's glorious creation.
Invite God's surpassing goodness into your neighbour's life. If they don't yet know him ask him to help them come to know Him. If they're Christians, ask God to help them walk more closely with Him.
You may know something of your neighbour's needs. What have they told you? What have you noticed? Invite God's loving power into their particular situation.
Trust that God has heard your prayers.
Pray - Trust - Repeat
Pray for your neighbour daily or regularly.
Praying with my neighbour?
Many of us would love to move from praying for our neighbours to one day praying with them. That may or may not come to pass, according to God's will and timing.
In the meantime you can perhaps:
- Let them know you're praying for them - some people really appreciate this
- Ask if they'd like you to pray about a situation they've mentioned to you
You'll need to be wise about these approaches depending on your neighbours and your relationship with them.
The main thing is that you love your neighbour by praying for them.