I’ll Pray For You

When was the last time someone said they would pray for you? As Christians, I think that sometimes we say we’ll pray for someone with as much meaning as we put into the phrase, “good morning.” Sometimes, it is said rather flippantly with no real intent; it’s just what you are supposed to say. I am ashamed to admit that I have done that. Have you? Read on for some new insight into the power of prayer.

Last weekend, I had the great privilege of attending the Speak Up Conference, hosted by Carol Kent. It is a conference for Christian writers and speakers, with educational break-out sessions, personal appointments with professionals, small group interactions and worship. Initially, I wasn’t sure I was going to attend. Last year was amazing, but I didn’t know if I could justify spending the money and time to attend every year. In the end I decided to go so that I could network and hopefully make some great business contacts at the event. I was hoping to market my speaking ministry, my devotional book, my personal coaching services and my new online coaching materials that will be available soon. I anticipated my business growing, but I did not anticipate my spiritual life growing during this weekend.

God obviously knew exactly what I needed, though, because it started within 5 minutes of entering the conference center. I was scheduled for a personal interview with Carol Kent to discuss my new online coaching course, “Loving Mondays: How to stop dreading the work week and start loving your life.” I got there early so that I could be calm and prepared. Then, all of a sudden, in rushed Yvonne. She was somewhat flustered because her drive in didn’t go as planned and she was running late. Her interview was scheduled just before mine. As we sat and waited, we talked casually and she asked me to pray for her. I agreed and as she entered the room to meet Carol, I prayed for her. After a short prayer, I went back to reviewing my material so that I would be prepared for my interview. When Yvonne was done, they took her out another door. I went in to do my interview and I probably wouldn’t have thought of that encounter again … except Yvonne and I were in a small group together later that night. As she and I greeted each other again she told me that she had looked all over for me and was perplexed as to why we didn’t see each other again after the interviews. I had exited out another door and shamefully hadn’t given Yvonne another thought. She, on the other hand, had spent the entire time on her knees praying for me and she wanted to know how it went.

As I pondered this later that night, I realized that I have a lot to learn about prayer. It is sad to say that I don’t really believe people when they say they’ll pray for me. Most people don’t. I am so used to it being meaningless Christian banter that it doesn’t carry very much weight. But, Yvonne meant it. I later learned that she has prayed for her Dad’s salvation for over 40 years – and just last week, he prayed to receive Christ as his Savior. She knows the power of prayer and she prays a lot. I was convicted that I do not put enough value in prayer. Because of the Speak Up Conference and my encounter with Yvonne, that is going to change.

“Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working.”

James 5:16 (ESV)

Sometimes, God uses events in unexpected ways to get our attention. Click To Tweet I attended the Speak Up Conference expecting to learn how to be a better speaker and writer. I hoped to make contacts that would grow my business. I hoped that I would be able to encourage someone else in their ministry or personal life. I did not expect to have a personal encounter with God on the power of prayer. I knew what I wanted out of the conference, but God knew what I needed. What about you? Is your prayer life exciting and energizing or is it as stale as an old piece of bread? If it’s on the stale side, let me encourage you to breathe new life into it and grow closer to God through prayer!

I have a ministry helping people clearly define their priorities so they can live with balance and fulfillment. I’m on that same journey myself, so I regularly share encouraging stories and helpful information to help us all. You can follow my blog in the upper right hand corner of this page, like my Facebook page here, and follow me on social media (@meschellekolb). I would also be thrilled to work with you in personal life coaching or speak for your group. Lastly, if you want first hand information as soon as my new online coaching course is released, just email me at: mk@meschellekolb.com.

Thanks for visiting. May God bless you!

  • Dear Bekah,

    Dear Meschelle,
    What fun to hear your Speak Up highlights. I love your story with Yvonne, and your renewed passion for prayer! Yay, God! Yay, you! I’m super thankful God allowed our paths to cross, Meschelle. And thrilled we are on the same Team!
    Sweet blessings,
    Cindy 🙂

    1. Cindy, Thanks for your ministry and your work at the Speak Up Conference! Your devotional on Friday morning was a real blessing! May God bless you in all that you do!

  • This is an area God has been working on in me these last few years! I try now to stop immediately and pray if I say I will, or I don’t say it! Have been sick this week so I have really been trying to figure out some sort of way to keep better organized for longer term needs – might as well redeem the time since my other ‘to-do’ list isn’t making any progress!

    1. Hi Daphne! It is fun to keep you with you. I am so glad to hear how God is working in your family. I was looking through pictures from Alaska a little while ago and pictures of Andrei kept popping up. I hope and pray that you are doing well and experiencing God’s blessings!

  • I love the fact that you’re helping others by inspiring them to pray.
    Your website is user friendly and the content is always useful.
    It just may be an answer for a lot of prayers!

  • Thanks, Meschelle, how appropriate for me at this time. My Bible study and prayer life have not been where it should be. Your reminder is taken to heart. Love you.

    1. Thanks for your encouragement in my ministry! You are and have been a solid testimony and I am so thankful for you. You are so loved!

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