In his book, Prayer: Finding the Heart’s True Home, Richard Foster says, “We are responsible before God to pray for those God brings into our circle of nearness.” This pretty much means that we are to pray for the people God brings into our lives. We’re to pray for the people we come into contact with daily, the people we communicate with often over distance, the people we hear about who need to be remembered in prayer.
And don’t we all need to be remembered in prayer?
That thought aside, my imagination went to work when I read Richard Foster’s words. I pictured myself sitting on a park bench in the center of a circle that only I could see, quietly praying for each person who just happened to be located within that circle.
I’m not sure that that’s what Richard Foster had in mind when he said we’re responsible to pray for everyone God brings into our circle of nearness, but I do know it’s how some of my Parachute Prayers work: praying for everyone in the doctor’s office or grocery check-out line as we wait, praying for children we see walking to or from school, praying for people who happen to come to our door or call on the phone. Our circles of nearness can be defined in many ways.
To remember this concept and our responsibility, let’s use circles as our cue. Whenever we see circles, let’s pause to pray for the people who are in our circles, whether we’re praying for our family circle, our circle of friends, a Google+ circle we belong to, or everyone who happens to be standing in an imaginary circle we draw with our minds wherever we happen to be.
Father, remind us often of our responsibility to pray for the people You bring into our lives. And please find us faithful for their good, for Your glory, and for our growth. Amen.
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