Praying for the Man in the Bagel Shop

Praying for the Man in the Bagel Shop | Are we being intentional in how we pray for others? | Praying for the Man in the Bagel Shop |
Praying for the Man in the Bagel Shop | Are we being intentional in how we pray for others? | Praying for the Man in the Bagel Shop |
Praying for the Man in the Bagel Shop | Are we being intentional in how we pray for others? | Praying for the Man in the Bagel Shop |
Praying for the Man in the Bagel Shop | Are we being intentional in how we pray for others? | Praying for the Man in the Bagel Shop |
Praying for the Man in the Bagel Shop | Are we being intentional in how we pray for others? | Praying for the Man in the Bagel Shop |
Praying for the Man in the Bagel Shop | Are we being intentional in how we pray for others? | Praying for the Man in the Bagel Shop |

Are we intentional about praying for others? How often are we praying? What about praying for people that we do not know personally?

I was sitting at a bagel shop this past week, enjoying breakfast alone while working on my laptop. A therapy client had cancelled and I had an hour to burn. As I was sitting there, enjoying the slow start to my Friday morning, an older man approached me. He asked me if I was waiting for somebody. Assuming he wanted to borrow an extra chair, I told him I was not and smiled. He responded, “Oh okay, I am sorry to bother you. I am supposed to be meeting someone and I don’t know what she looks like.” He proceeded to walk away with a faint smile, and the conversation ended there.

For some reason as I finished my breakfast, I could not stop wondering about that man, who was still sitting nearby. Was he waiting for a date? Did he have a business related meeting arranged? Maybe he was seeing his daughter for the first time in 20 years? These thoughts were flooding my mind; I wanted to know more about this man. As I sat there for the next twenty minutes, still no one had arrived for him. I found myself compelled to quietly pray for him.

Lord, whoever is supposed to meet this man here today, I pray that they show up. I pray that the conversation goes well. I pray that expectations are met. Amen.”

After I prayed for this man, God did not stop there. Later in the day I found myself praying for him again. I was thinking about what a sweet man he was, what courage it took to walk up and ask me if I was the one he was waiting for, and prayed for him to know the Lord and be blessed. I prayed for the wife and children he may have, his career, his health, and so on.

Pray without ceasing

The man in the bagel shop got me thinking a lot about how we incorporate prayer in our daily lives. In the Bible, Paul commands us in 1 Thessalonians 5:17 to “pray without ceasing.” If we are truly praying without ceasing, it should be a compelling, yet natural feeling to pray during numerous, unstructured times throughout the day. I vividly remember what area of the SDSU campus I was at, between classes for my undergrad, when I got my daily KLOVE encouraging word email. It was 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18. God has constantly nudged me to pray with more urgency and frequency ever since reading that verse.

Praying must be intentional

I’m trying so hard to make it a habit to pray intentionally. When I see someone wearing something funny while running to catch the bus on the side of Nellis Blvd., human nature says to laugh, but then I hear God reminding me to pray. Lord bless that man. Bless him for riding public transportation, probably to provide for his family because he can’t afford a car. Bless him for waking up today and living rather than giving up. This is my way of fulfilling what the Bible has called us to do when it says to pray without ceasing. With everything I do, I am beginning to see God’s people for who they truly are. I am beginning to see all the opportunities I have to pray for our broken world. It softens my heart. Am I doing it enough? Our lives should be a constant prayer of thanksgiving, worship, and asking Him for what we need. Every good thing comes from God (James 1:7) – we have so much to thank Him for.

The power of prayer

I challenge you all to see how often on a daily basis your mind is going to immediately praying for someone. What would happen if instead of complaining about politics, we prayed for our politicians that we do not know personally? What wouId happen if we prayed for the people in our workplace? Would our hearts be softened and would we be more approachable? I think about all the times people have been praying for me and I didn’t even know. I remember my in-laws and specifically my husband’s aunt saying that they have been praying for me, as my husband’s wife, since the day my husband was born. How many things in my life could have been so different if I didn’t have that group of people continuously praying for me, molding me and shaping me into who I am in Christ? Do not minimize the power of prayer.

How do I pray?

•Prayer does not have to be aloud. Though we should work towards being comfortable praying aloud with others, God hears our thoughts just fine.

•Prayer does not have to be long. This is not a 500 word minimum essay – He won’t dock your grade!

•If we do not bow our heads or close our eyes every time we pray, God will not be offended (though these acts are intended to be a sign of humility and a barrier for distraction).

Prayer is intended to be your conversation with God. The more and more you do it, the easier it’s going to be. Talk to Him as the nonjudgmental, loving, friend that He is. If you struggle in prayer, pray and ask him to help you through it!

This week I pray that each and every one of us can be more intentional and frequent in how we pray for one another.

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  • Reply Natalie

    What a sweet post! I love that you prayed for the man in the bagel shop. I find the more intentional my prayers, the more I wait in expectation for God to respond. It draws me closer to Him. Thank you for this reminder xo

    February 22, 2017 at 1:47 pm
    • Reply faithfilledmotherhood

      Thanks so much for reading! That’s so true about drawing closer to God as we make prayer more of a two-way conversation between Him and us.

      February 22, 2017 at 4:20 pm
  • Reply Lianne

    This is such a lovely posts. Personally, I wasn’t raised to be religious and I don’t think I’ll ever be a believer of God in particular, but I do firmly believe in the power of thoughts, whether they are about ourselves or about others. I believe that we can send specific energy to other people and that it will somehow benefit them. Isn’t that what prayer is about? So in a sense, I also pray. And I’m with you on that we should pray instead of complain all the time. Loved this post!

    February 27, 2017 at 11:12 am
    • Reply faithfilledmotherhood

      Thank you, Lianne! Prayer is definitely a better option than complaining! 🙂

      March 2, 2017 at 11:42 am
  • Reply Diana

    This is so sweet of you – I love that you prayed for a complete stranger

    February 27, 2017 at 3:40 pm
    • Reply faithfilledmotherhood

      Thanks for reading, Diana!

      March 2, 2017 at 11:51 am
  • Reply Laneic Lavalle

    Thank you! What an awesome message to “pray without ceasing” and a reminder that Prayer is a conversation, worship, and praise. You don’t have to be bowing your head or giving long speeches to be praying. What a blessing that we can just be in His presence as we are? Anyways! I l love this post <3

    February 27, 2017 at 6:00 pm
    • Reply faithfilledmotherhood

      I LOVE knowing we can come to Him in whatever condition, situation, or state. He truly loves us for who we are, exactly as we are. A blessing for sure! Thanks so much for reading, Laneic!

      March 2, 2017 at 11:53 am
  • Reply Qudsiyah Remtulla

    This is such a beautifully written post from your lovely heart. I think it’s so special to make a silent prayer for someone else – a mother walking her child, an old woman trying to cross the street, a happy couple – everyone. I love that prayer is something that we can make silently and it radiates positivity and acts as a way of a silent good deed! Love it. May your beautiful heart continue to be radiated by His Light Xx

    March 2, 2017 at 2:18 am
    • Reply faithfilledmotherhood

      Thank you so much for your sweet words, Qudsiyah! I have absolutely noticed that by “praying without ceasing” I emulate a lot more positivity, without even saying a word!

      March 2, 2017 at 11:56 am
  • Reply Jeanette

    Loved reading this today because I speak with Him all throughout my day and it changes me and I believe it changes others. The power of prayer is amazing, He is amazing and I never ever want to live a day without Him. Have a blessed week, Happy Mighty Monday lol!

    March 6, 2017 at 5:22 am
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