One of my most vivid memories of my grandfather is him sitting in his chair in his living room holding a steno pad with pages and pages of names. When he couldn't sleep because of the pain of arthritis and Parkinson's, he would open his steno pad and pray over the names on his list. In his final years when his body wouldn't let him do anymore, he did continuously what he could do for others - pray.
What came so naturally for my grandfather comes a bit harder for me. I'm a doer. I like crossing things off my to-do lists. I like a finished product, immediate results.
Prayer is sowing seeds today and knowing we may never be the ones to see the results of it. That's hard for me. Sometimes prayer doesn't feel like I'm doing enough for my ministry or others.
But, without inviting God in, how can I expect it to be successful? That makes me nothing more than a lone ranger out doing my own thing.
I have found through leading preschool, elementary and family teams, that I need to consistently be praying for these 4 groups of people.
1. Our volunteers. Am I in touch with their struggles and their personal life? Do I know what to pray for them? They are the front line warriors in the ministry. Am I praying for God to use them each and every time they come in contact with kids?
2. Our kids in our ministry. Am I praying these kids would encounter a great God who would change their lives forever? Am I praying for their families?
3. The kids we hope to reach in our community. There are so many kids and families all around our community who wake up and go to bed with no thought to who God is. Am I praying that God would our church and people to reach those far from God?
4. Our staff and leadership. Churches don't reach people through one ministry alone. Am I praying for the other ministries in our church and that God would use them in great ways? Am I praying for our leadership teams that they would be great men and women of God that are constantly seeking His Will for our church?
What names are on your list that you are praying for in your ministry?