“I Will Pray for You”

My Mom with her great-grandson last weekend.

My Mom with her great-grandson last weekend.

I recently led a group of hospital patients in a conversation about prayer and asked them how they felt about people saying “I will pray for you.” Each one of them, even the ones who called themselves non-believers, remarked that they felt cared for and supported and appreciated the gesture.

I wish they could meet my mother.

If you have ever spent any time with my mom, she probably told you she would pray for you. She immediately gets on first name basis with most everyone she has an encounter with: the guy pushing her wheelchair through the airport, the wait staff in any restaurant and the individuals sitting next to her in public settings. She manages to get the highlights of their story and ends each conversation ends the same, I will pray for you. And she does.

She once told me how worried she was about her ADT tech’s girlfriend’s family and put them on her prayer list. Each night the list gets covered. She says it takes a long time to get through everyone.

Sometimes I feel like maybe I should mention that perhaps some of these folks might not welcome being prayed for but I’m sure she would just pray harder for them.

When we’re together, she usually commits me to the effort as well. “We’ll pray for you” even though I haven’t been a part of the conversation and sometimes she adds, “We’re good pray-ers.” That always seems a funny thing to add but I guess it is like a personal endorsement. So I pray too once I get proxied in.

I thought of her today when “Luigi” drove me home from getting my car serviced. I got his story but didn’t add the final line, “I will pray for you.” I did anyway though.

I don’t know if I will ever take my stranger prayers to that level (Bless You (even if you haven’t sneezed) but know my life has been profoundly shaped by being near the top of that list for every one of my days.

Hope for the best,


6 Responses to ““I Will Pray for You””

  1. 1 Dorie November 16, 2015 at 4:13 PM

    I totally believe in the power of prayer and am asked and follow through numerous times in a week. I haven’t gotten to the point of your sweet mother but with this post, I believe I will.

  2. 3 Mary Armstrong-Reiner November 16, 2015 at 10:37 PM

    Aunt Betty is the greatest prayer warrior I have ever known, & will ever know. Her words are a continual comfort to me. Maybe because of my profession, but I tell all kinds of people who have nothing to do with me or church that I will pray for them too. I must have inherited this from Aunt Betty! Such a great blog but even more moving picture!

  3. 5 judy November 20, 2015 at 11:53 PM

    what a wonderful reminder and encouragement to pray more consistently. I couldn’t help but think what a wonderful way to interject Christ into your conversation. Prayer is powerful!

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