I’ll Keep You in My Prayers

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How many times have these words rolled off my tongue in an effort to comfort someone?  And how often have I made the same request of others – “keep me in your prayers”? These words, like “God bless you” following a sneeze, have become an automatic response to those with troubles.  But they have the power to be so much more. How, I’ve been thinking, have I so easily forgotten the true power and impact sincere prayer can have? I have experienced first-hand the miraculous power of prayer. I’ve taught my children through example, that the first and best response to life’s challenges as well as triumph is prayer. Yet, if I dig deeper, I realize there have been too many occasions I have offered this assurance yet said only a cursory prayer.  When on the receiving end I have appreciated the offer but often viewed it as icing on the cake—a nice gesture to weigh the scales move favorably in my direction—but not enough in and of itself to change my circumstances.


I have a performance oriented, take-charge, problem-solving personality. That drive has served me well in many areas of my life and those who know me well can attest to my reluctance to concede defeat when obstacles block my way. I have learned, however, that I cannot fix everything.  During times of hardship in my life I have had to admit that I am not in control and to surrender to the One who is. It is a recurrent lesson, but one that, I hope, I am getting better at understanding.


I am learning that often it is only prayer that will truly make the difference. When I have exhausted my own talents, connections, and capabilities and still come up short, I learn to release whatever is troubling me and pray for God’s intervention. I have come to greatly desire the prayer of others; to depend upon them and to appreciate them for the valuable gift they are.  An earnest prayer is not an inconsequential promise but rather a powerful pledge to plead on our behalf. The next time I’m tempted to casually offer up my prayers, I hope I will remember that in doing so, I have made a solemn promise to share someone else’s burden and to put in the time and effort to be a genuine advocate.



The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much.

James 5:16 (NKJV)






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