When we are in the midst of a prayer at the end of an exhausting day, it can be easy to focus our attention on those closest to us.  But directly outside the four walls of our home lies a whole community who most likely could use some prayer.  When we think about a typical day in our life, we may only reflect on the people that we spoke with directly, the conversations (in person or text) we actually had.  But think about all of the people that we didn’t speak to.  The people that we passed on the street or in the store.  The people in hospital beds as we drive by, so close you could see the lights on.  All of the people that live and work within a mile of us and yet we may never speak to them.  

We pray for family members and friends all the time without them ever knowing about it.  So it shouldn’t seem strange to pray for strangers, for the people in your community.  And this is so simple!  All it takes is your ability to be present.  

These are just a few ways that you can pray for your community.  There are so many other ways to incorporate these prayers into your everyday life.  Just look around.  You may see obvious issues and the prayers will come easily.  But you may also see people who look exactly like you.  And it’s easy to think there is nothing to pray for.  Remember that everyone has trials.  Everyone has struggles.  Pray for peace, for healing, for hope.  Jesus commanded us to love our neighbors.  And prayer is a great place to start.

“Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?” Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’  This is the first and greatest commandment.  And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’  All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.” – Matthew 22:36-40

To explore another area where your prayers are needed, click here for Praying for your Church!