1 Timothy 2:1 I [Paul] urge you [Timothy], first of all, to pray for all people. Ask God to help them; intercede on their behalf, and give thanks for them.
We each come in contact with so many people.... when we buy groceries, when we work... driving down the road... being out and about.... we even come in contact with people sitting at home...thanks to modern technology. We each have a thought about most the people we come in contact with. Even if its fleeting... we use our energy to have somewhat random thoughts about people all the time.... even people we see across the room we tend to have a thought or two about them. Simple thoughts like she was nice, I like her hair. Could he have been more rude! What pretty eyes he had. I wish they would move out of my way!! Do you really have to take up the whole isle!! We have thoughts that don't change a thing except our mood.
What if we made it our habit to fill our head with simple prayers for people instead of random thoughts. This would for sure take some effort... we would have to fix our mind on doing it. But, one thing we know from God's word is that prayer changes things... prayer changes people.... prayer changes us!! We need to maybe use those random thoughts to be a reminder to pray... we can pray simple prayers for people like... "Thank you God for this sweet lady that checked me out today... her smile is wonderful. Please give her more reasons to smile." When somebody is so intent on blocking the isle when they shop we can pray, "Dear God you know the needs in this person's life... I myself can see they are so busy they are lost in their own world... please supply their needs God, please make their life less stressful." If a car pulls out in front of us we can pray, "Please God, keep this person safe and help them get to where they need to be on time." Our prayers can change peoples lives, our prayers open doors. We may never see what our prayers do for somebody... but they will make a difference in the lives of others... we can go about being productive by putting our thoughts into constructive prayer. Not only will we be doing others good...we will be doing ourselves good, by being in constant contact with God. Imagine if we spent our time in prayer for others instead of in thoughts of how people could have been nicer to us, how our moods would changes. We all know how important a good mood is for a good day! When we do what God ask of us... he takes care of the rest... God in return will take care of our moods if we take care to pray for others.
I was in Wal-Mart just yesterday buying groceries.... with at least 3 chances on each isle to send a prayer up for somebody....15 isles x 3 prayers... that is a good 45 opportunities to make a difference in a one hour shopping trip. Instead I chose to have random thoughts ... I made a choice yesterday not to be productive in my thoughts. When I think of it that way ... it makes me sad! Our thoughts change our lives for good or for bad... our prayers change everything, our prayers make a difference! How many prayers will you say today?