Surely some of the sweetest words ever heard are “As I was praying for you today.” My mother would say that to me and my soul was flooded with warmth. I fear that I don’t say that enough, but the times I’ve said it, my words have been received gratefully.
“As I was praying for you today, …”
I asked God to give you patience in rearing your children.
I asked God to give you peace about your situation.
I asked God to relieve you of your physical pain and that you can see Him and His Comforter with you.
I asked God to give you the right words as you confront your enemy.
I asked God to help those you are leaving behind as you move on.
I asked God for you and your estranged child/parent/sibling to be reconciled.
I asked God to relieve you of guilt about your adult child’s actions and decisions.
I asked God to enfold you so that you feel His love holding you tightly.
I asked God to help you and your step-child/step-parent/step-sibling to love each other.
I asked God to keep you safe on your journey.
I asked God to give you today what you need even if it is not what you want.
I asked God to heal your loved one.
Consider the joy or comfort you might give to someone by telling them what you prayed for them. Praying together is strengthening, but the next best is knowing that someone is praying for you when you’re not even there.
A hand-written note that begins with “As I was praying for you today” can be kept and re-read on days when that person needs to know someone is praying. So much is implied in those words: that I care enough to pray for you, that you are covered in prayer no matter what you’re going through, that I pray for you regularly, and not simply as a one-time thing.
Has someone ever said those words to you? What is a different phrase that someone said to you that was particularly meaningful?