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Faith Filled Friday: “I’ll Pray for You” and a Prayer

June 28, 2019

I just finished reading Tim Tebow’s book This is the Day. I knew Tim was a Christian football player but not much else. In this book he shares about his love for Jesus, some of his ordeals, praying for others, and his growth in his faith.

How many times have you said that you would pray for someone, walk away, and promptly forget? I am not comfortable praying out loud, even simply to say grace. Over the years I have gotten better about saying grace, but still nervous about saying a prayer for all those other occasions.

Tim would stop right then and there to pray with someone. He did not simply say “I’ll pray for you” and walk away. When Tim stopped to pray with the person at that moment, it made it more caring and loving. He often used their name, which made it more personal.

Prayer is simply talking to God, which I do all the time. I guess I do not think of my little talks with Jesus as prayer.

When I hear others pray out loud they always sound so fluid, confident, and comfortable. Me, I stutter and stammer, and forget words. I think more about how I sound to others than how I sound to God. I have decided to focus more on my words to God than what others might do or think.

I have been in front of crowds many times. From the plays I did as a little girl to the in-services I gave, to singing in the church choir. When I was hidden amongst all the other choir members I could belt out the words. Put me up there as a soloist and I stammered through the song.

The hardest thing for me to do is talk to someone about salvation. I know God will help me with my words, but Satan throws enough doubt my way that I give up before trying. At the end of his book, Tim shares a prayer for someone who wants to be saved. This is such a huge help for me. I plan to copy this prayer and some Bible verses to carry in my purse. I rarely have a Bible on me, but I never thought about using “cue cards.” He suggests the sinner can use the prayer in his book or come up with their own words. Afterwords, he welcomes the new Christian into the family of God. Another thing I never thought about doing.

The Prayer:
Dear Jesus, I know I am a sinner and need a Savior. Thank you that You died on the cross for me and rose again. I open the door of my heart and ask You to come in. I trust only you, Jesus. Thank you for coming into my heart and forgiving my sins. Thank you that God is my Father and I am His child. Thank you that I have a home in heaven and that I will come and live with you someday. In Jesus’ name, amen.

I hope you find Tim’s prayer as helpful as I do.
How do you share God’s word with others?

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