Challenge 2 – Waiting on a Prayer

Everybody needs prayer. Everybody needs support. Everybody, whether they act like it or not,  needs to know that someone cares. Everybody. Everyone. Every single person you see every single day. All of them.

Over the next year, my goal is to reach out to more people. I want to be sensitively aware of everyone around me and I want to make a difference whenever I possibly can.

My first challenge, People Watching, was very good exercise in observation and reaction. I learned a lot about myself, I learned to push my comfort levels, and I also learned that taking that step outside of my box toward that personal interaction and recognition of others is always worth it.

My next challenge is something I’ve been thinking about doing for a long time…

Hospital and doctor’s office waiting rooms are full of people who are in need. At the doctor’s office I always see mothers with sick babies, older couples helping each other through the door… I’m sure when people see me sitting in my OBGYN waiting room amongst a room full of pregnant women, they have no idea that I suffer from infertility and that I am sitting there hoping and praying with all that I am that this appointment will be different…At the hospital, I’ve seen families waiting for loved ones to come out of surgery, in the ER I’ve seen people with neck injuries, sick grandmas…the point being that people in waiting rooms are often scared and in a vulnerable state.

Challenge 2:

Part 1 – Choose two waiting rooms to visit. Plan on spending at least three hours there. Pray for every single person in the waiting room during that time period.

This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. And if we know that he hears us – whatever we ask – we know that we have what we asked of him. ~1 John 5:14-15

Part 2 – When you are lead to do so, approach the family or individual you are drawn to, hold their hands, and say a prayer with them.

In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groans that words cannot express. ~ Romans 8:26

“‘Have faith in God,’ Jesus answered. ‘I tell you the truth, if anyone says to this mountain, “Go, throw yourself into the sea,” and does not doubt in his heart but believes that what he says will happen, it will be done for him. Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours. And when you stand praying, if you hold anything against anyone, forgive him, so that your Father in heaven may forgive you your sins.'” ~ Mark 11:22-25

Never have a doubt in your heart. Be a messenger for God and a constant vigil for those in need.

Go forth and make a difference!

About Carrie-Anne

Mother, wife, writer, infertility survivor, lover of sunflowers and sunshine and chilly rainy days on mountains and in my spare time I'm a mechanical engineer...

5 Responses to “Challenge 2 – Waiting on a Prayer”

  1. This is a great challenge being a nurse I see people all the time in the waiting room or visiting. I’m an intensive care nurse and the nurse in charge they come to me because they are looking for some hope or someone has informed them that I’m a Rev. as well. I give them love and Christ’ peace. I take care of their love ones as if they are mine. We have started a group for those ladies who desire to have a baby and it has not happened yet. Please consider bringing some of this wonderful ministry there we would love it.
    Keep up the good work and I’m praying for your blessing

  2. Great ideas! Some thoughts come immediately to mind. 🙂

  3. Hi its me again and I do realize how busy everyone is and can’t join everything. I would like to add a link to your blog on that group I was talking about above its called (A heart to mother) I will do my lame attempt to provide info and comfort and then add your site so they can get it from the real expert. I thank you so much for all that you are doing in Kingdom building

  4. What a wonderful way to use the power of prayer. I, too, am a nurse, and don’t always get to the waiting room. I’ll make it a point to go there when I work next week and prayer for the families there.

  5. Oh Donna that’s wonderful! And I’ll be praying for you too! Thanks so much.

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