Being Jesus’ Hand and Feet Means More Than Just Praying For People
Prayer is a powerful weapon. I’m a firm believer that prayer is a necessity and should absolutely be a first priority. With that said, how many times have you read on social media, “I’ll pray for you” or “I’m praying.”
That doesn’t mean that the person who typed it won’t pray. However, how many times have we personally said “I will pray” and then don’t? It’s a remarkable statement that is just words without action.
Speaking of action, when Clay was serving abroad on deployments, I needed prayers, but I also needed action. I needed someone to help while my husband was away for a year at a time, someone to be there with me, a shoulder to lean on, someone to watch my kids for an hour while I ran to the store, just someone to help.
Read: Pondering Prayer
This got me thinking – what if people just don’t know what to do? The days of stopping by to help or visit seem to be fading away. Maybe people don’t understand the power of presence because of that.
Having said that, I thought I would discuss what we could do the next time a friend or loved one is going through a trial or hardship.
As a Christian, we have to be the hands and feet of Jesus. Prayers are amazing, and they work miracles, but sometimes applying actions are what is also needed.
Remember the last time you were struggling or going through something? Maybe you had a major surgery and were unable to do anything for a week or a month, if not more.
Receiving meals from family and friends will help not only you, but also your family who is taking care of your needs. Friends and family who offer to help clean your home or watch your kids can help tremendously.
When we take on responsibilities to help others it is even more of a blessing. We can pray for them and help out in other ways, to make sure that they know they are not alone during their hard time.
Read: ADVENTures of Service
Let nothing be done through selfish ambition or conceit, but in lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than himself. Philippians 2:3
Ten Days Without: Daring Adventures in Discomfort That Will Change Your World and YouIntentional Christian: What to Do When You Don’t Know What to Do By Daniel Ryan DayThe Intentional Christian Community Handbook: For Idealists, Hypocrites, and Wannabe Disciples of Jesus Finding Peace in God’s Pauses and Plans How Jesus Fully Satisfies the Cry of Your Heart Trusting God Takes You to Amazing Places Leaving Behind Frantic for a Simpler, More Soulful Way of LivingStronger – Bible Study Book: Finding Hope in Fragile Places
8 Things to Do Instead of Only Saying I Will Pray For You
Sending Cards| If you know someone is sick or even an elderly person who is in a nursing home, consider sending cards letting them know you are thinking and praying for them. This is a great mood booster for anyone who knows someone is thinking about them.
Make Meals| If you enjoy cooking or baking, create some meals to deliver to someone who is sick or having a hard time. Most people send meals when during a loss of a loved one, but they are great for people who are welcoming a baby, maybe recovering from a surgery, elderly and can’t get up and cook as easy as they used to.
Stop By For A Visit| Take time out of your schedule to sit and visit with someone. Go visit them and just listen. You’ll share stories, you’ll laugh and you might even cry. This doesn’t cost anything and the mood booster of you doing this is probably more than you could imagine.
Offer to Clean Home| If your friend or loved one had surgery, welcomes a new baby, or an elderly person who needs help, offer to clean their home. I know that when you have a baby or surgery, it is hard to keep your house maintained. The simple task of washing dishes or sweeping the floor can relieve so much stress off someone.
Offer to Babysit| If a friend or loved one has little kids and is going through a hardship, offer to watch their kids for the day. This can give them a break to focus on themselves and not have to manage wrestling their little kids.
Provide Rides| If you have a friend who is ill, offer to take them to their appointments so they don’t have to drive themselves.
Grocery Shopping| Sometimes when you are hurting or going through a hard time, simple chores like going to the store seem impossible. Offer to get groceries for a friend. Run any other errands they may have.
Ask What They Need| Give your friend an option of different things you can do from the list above, but most importantly ask what they need. Each of us handle things so differently and visiting might be the best medicine for one person while running errands might be best for another person.
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