“I’ll pray for you!” (If I remember…)

Today I realized something. How often do we say to people, “I’ll keep you in my prayers.” Or, “I’ll be praying for you!” But then we totally forget? If it’s not someone we’re already praying for on a daily basis, it can be really easy to forget. Or maybe we’ll only remember once.

Today I saw on Twitter that a friend of mine from Georgia has a sister in Korea who could use our prayers, as well as other soldiers over there. I told him, “Praying!” A few hours later I saw that my friend Christian in Texas was headed to Haiti. I told him I would pray for him. Then I thought, “Oh crap, there was someone else I said I’d pray for…” and it took me a minute to remember.

Then it hit me: I’ve got to do something that will remind me of all these people I say I’m going to pray for. I don’t need to be reminded to pray for my family and for some of my very best friends I always pray for, but when it’s something new, something really specific about someone else, it can be easy to forget. Screenshot_2013-03-08-15-31-21

So, I decided to put it on my phone. I have an app called “Color Note.” You can write yourself reminders and even pin them to your status bar. Each time I get a text, a new tweet, any sort of notification on my phone, there’s my “Praying for:” note. I tap on it, and there’s my list.

It’s simple, but if you look at my screenshot to the right, that little green square in the upper left-hand corner is ALWAYS there. How could I possibly forget to pray for the people on my list if every time I pick up my phone, there’s a glaring reminder?

I imagine there’s probably already some sort of “prayer app” but this is my own version.

If you say you’re going to pray for someone, make sure you do what it takes to remember to so.

“You will receive whatever you ask for in prayer, if you believe.”
Matthew 21:22