The challenge: “Pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayer and request.” Ephesians 6:18
“The great tragedy of life is not unanswered prayer but unoffered prayer.” F. B. Meyer
A few years ago I read “Praying for Strangers” by River Jordan. She was challenged by God to make a New Year’s resolution to pray for one stranger every day. Although she didn’t consider herself particularly religious, she made the resolution. Among her strangers were a waitress, fellow shopper, truck driver and ticket taker. As she learned their names and stories, River was able to offer more than a shallow God-bless-what’s her (or his)-name but specific prayers to meet real needs. I’ve tried inconsistently to follow her resolution since then – praying for the protection of construction workers, a teen I see spending a lot of time alone and a driver waiting for a tow truck. We all have the opportunity to pray both for strangers we can see and also for those we can’t. For a true global challenge, visit prayercast.org (recommended by Dan Eitzen). You will receive a cultural and religious overview narrated by a native of a chosen country plus themes for prayer, all in three minutes. Who will God put on your pray-dar?