A lot of times, when someone shares their pain or problem publicly, it is easy to simply leave a comment saying “I’ll pray for you” and then go on about our day forgetting about the promise we just made. That was me my whole life. I’d make an empty promise as a condolence and never come back to that prayer. I’m sure I’m not alone in this either. It’s easy to forget things like that but it’s even easier when you never meant it in the first place.
I’m not going to lie, I’ve never been a big prayer girl and my daily conversations with God got shorter and shorter as the years went by, some days nonexistent. Sometimes it felt like I didn’t even know how to pray anymore. Especially after hearing people pray so eloquently, I started to wonder if it’s even “my thing” anymore. You know, everyone has their gifts. Whether it be praying, singing, preaching, serving, etc. I decided praying was not my “calling”.
But let me tell you something… you don’t need to be an eloquent speaker to talk to God and you don’t need to have a calling to pray! He just wants us to be genuine in our requests and to have true faith.
At this point in my life, I am back on this journey with God and slowly learning how to talk to my heavenly Father again. With this came the realization that I needed to stop making those empty promises of “I’ll pray for you”. Although it doesn’t cause any harm to anyone, it also doesn’t cause any good so what’s the point? To make myself look nice on social media? To make it seem like I care when I actually don’t? That’s not what prayer is for and it makes me sad that I got to that point in my life.
To change this habit of mine, I made a decision to either keep my promise or not make one at all. If I decide to tell someone I am going to pray for them, then I pray right then and there. If I know I’m not going to keep my prayer promise, then I just don’t say anything.