There are many people on my mind and in my heart who are dealing with all sorts of life challenges. You might be one of them.
One way that I support them is to pray for them. But what do I mean when I say, “I am praying for you”? After all, there are as many ways to pray as there are people in the world.
When I say, “I am praying for you,” this is what I intend to convey to you:
You are not alone.
You are being held in Love and Light.
One Larger and Wiser is with you.
God knows what you need better than I do.
I love you.
Prayer is hard to talk about. It is intimate. It is personal. It is beyond words. Yet, I’m convinced we do it more than we know.
Some set aside a block of time and sit with their prayer lists, patiently going down the names and needs. I sometimes do that, but more often I pray for others through the course of my day—in the car, at my desk, in the shower, walking outside, at a meeting, cooking at the stove, or sitting at an airport. People pop into my thoughts and I send one or more of the above messages to them.
When I say, “I am praying for you,” it is acknowledging that I am with you. That I carry you in my heart, that your concerns are my concerns, that you are not alone. This is a connection we all desire. It is the power of prayer. We are all held and connected, linked together through a power, an energy, a love that is greater than any one of us.
I carry people in my heart, just as you carry people in your heart. That is prayer, too.