Just this week, I got to the point where I found myself having to step up my prayer life and lengthen my prayer list quite a lot within a short period of time. My problem is that I don't think I am covering enough ground for these people...and feel that there are too many people out there in need of extra prayers.
I came across the Four Men Prayer Group idea and I was impressed. However, I then found out it was guys only and didn't really fit my schedule. Don't get me wrong, this group is nice enough to point you towards a women's prayer group...but even this type of prayer group didn't really fit with my schedule. I simply do not have the time or availability to get together with a prayer group.
I can, however, pray on my own...and often pray for others. With this in mind, I started thinking of how I could start something as cool as the Four Men Prayer Group....
...and so I slept on it.
Believe it or not, the answer came to be in a dream. Last night I dreamed that I was in a dark church in Portugal, praying before a darkened icon of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Or at least I was trying to pray. I had not brought a rosary with me, and just as I was about to give up and just start praying...I found one before me. It was old and tangled. No matter how hard I tried to detangle it, I just could not do it on my won. I became aware of one of my aunts kneeling nearby and as I turned toward her, I found a small basket full of rosaries. They were all plastic. These weren't as beautiful or as antique as the first rosary, but they were untangled and each of them was a different color. Rather than keep trying the old rosary, I picked up one of these newer plastic rosaries...and proceeded to pray and continued to pray throughout the dream as the scene around me began to change and become more clear. I woke up from this dream, went to mass this morning...and by the time I came back, I knew exactly what I was called to do...an "on the run" prayer group.
Want to know more?
Well, here's the overall idea:
I’d like to start a small “prayer on the run” group.
I don’t know about you, but lately, I’ve been feeling inundated by the number of people out there in dire need of prayers. Just this week, a friend’s husband lost his job, another friend’s son-in-law is getting sent back to the Middle East, another friend's kids are being picked on in school, and another friend’s mother suffered from congestive heart failure…and the list continues.
While I have been keeping these individuals in my prayers, I feel that I may need some help praying for so many people. I don’t know what is going on in your own lives right now, but I am sure that there are people you know that are in need of some extra prayers, thoughts, and help. I’d like to create a “prayer on the run” group for those brave enough to pray at least once a day for loved ones and/or complete strangers.
If you are reading this message, I feel that you would be a great addition to this prayer group.
I understand that our lives are pretty busy, so this group will not meet up to pray together. It will be more of a prayer network for those of us with who are always "on the run." It will be composed of people praying on their own for each other's friends and loved ones. In any event, I figured that it may be worth a shot just sharing prayer intentions with others in the group for the time being and praying for these intentions as they are posted. Intentions can remain as anonymous as you would like to keep them. Also, you are more than welcome to pray as you pray best. Perhaps you are better at turning works of mercy, charity, justice, etc. into prayers. Perhaps you have prayerful conversations with God...etc. Whatever your preference, your prayers are welcome!
Regardless of how you pray…this group needs you! We all have different strengths and preferences when it comes to prayer, but as a team…we can combine all of these as we set out to storm heaven with prayers for those we know and love. Who knows, we may even get a miracle or two out of this…
How will this group work?
If you would like to join the group, please send me your email address via private message and I will get an email list going (or just respond to this message with an email address). Emails will be shared with the rest of the group, so send me an email address that you would not mind sharing.
Whenever you find a friend, coworker, family member, neighbor, etc. in need of prayer…email! Let the rest of the group know so that we may offer prayers for them. In return, please pray for the intentions of others as they come along even if you don’t know the person or family in need of prayers.
Also, keep us updated! If help is still needed, let us know so we can keep praying! If you feel that prayers have been answered, please let the group know too! I know everyone else loves to hear good news!
With this in mind, we will respect each other’s privacy. Even if names are shared, please do not share them unless told otherwise. If, for example, you are asked to pray for an expecting mother, please do not share this information even if you know this mother…especially if the pregnancy is not yet public. If you are asked to pray for someone with an addiction, again…please keep it private. I want this group to be a group of prayer…not gossip.
We will not be required to meet up and pray together. I know my own busy schedule makes this almost impossible for me. I also stink at organizing things. However, feel free to invite the group if and when you’d like to get together and pray.
We won’t keep tabs on you regarding your prayer life so pray when you can and do not worry about how you do it. A quick prayer as you wait for a bus may be the only time you have for prayer on a particularly busy day…and that’s fine. If you want to spend several hours in prayer…that’s fine too. Do what you can…when you can…and BE SUPPORTIVE!
We will be respectful of each other and those we pray for…and we will seek to become a support group of sorts (because everyone needs a little help here and there). I only ask that this group be mindful and respectful of others regardless of what they share.
I look forward to hearing from you, especially if you have any comments or suggestions. This is the first time I am doing something like this…but I felt compelled to try it out….so any help would be appreciated.
I completely understand if you cannot or do not want to join. Everyone has their own prayer lives and prayer groups may not be for everyone. I completely understand…so please do not feel obliged to respond. If you don’t want to join, don’t send me your email.
This is the only facebook invitation I will send regarding this group. Any other contact regarding this group will be made via email if you wish to share it with me.
Thank you and God bless...