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The Prayer Dare!

Your prayers are powerful!

How often do you pray for complete strangers that you see while you’re out shopping? Do you ever pray for the people that you see standing by a broken-down car on the side of the road?

While out to dinner with friends we saw a man in a truck that had broken-down at a traffic light. Right away, our friends began to pray for him. They prayed for salvation, that he would grow closer to God and feel God’s love. When they finished, my friend Maria turned to me and said, “I always do that. My mom did it when we were growing up and she told us that it’s important because you might be the only person who ever prays for them in their entire life.”

Wow. I didn’t really know what to say to that. I just sat there and thought: What if she’s right? What if no one else ever prays for that man again? To me that is really one of the saddest things I could imagine.

So this week I would like to offer you a challenge, I call it the Prayer Dare – Pray for a stranger! Pray for a person at school whose name you don’t even know. Pray for a teacher. Pray for someone that you see who just looks like they are having a bad day.

It isn’t hard, I’ll give you some steps to follow:

  1. Walk up to the person and introduce yourself, make sure to get their name. Exercise wisdom, if the stranger is an adult and you are alone, be very careful make sure you are in a public place where others can see you.
  2. Tell them that you would like to pray for them and ASK them if that is ok with them.
  3. Ask if there is anything specific going on in their lives that they would like you to pray for.
  4. If you would like to hold their hand or maybe touch their shoulder while you pray, ASK for permission first. Some people are uncomfortable being touched by a stranger.
  5. Pray whatever is on your heart for them but make sure it is encouraging, compassionate, and loving. If you feel like God might be telling you something or showing you a picture to share with them, tell them but be wise; if you feel like God is telling you something about sin, DO NOT share that information in public. The goal is to help others know the love of God, NOT to embarrass them.
  6. After you finish praying talk to them a little bit, you never know you might just make a new friend!
  7. This is very important – keep anything that they share with you absolutely confidential unless they are being physically harmed by someone, hurting themselves or hurting someone else. Prayer requests are not an excuse for gossip. If there is physical harm involved, ask them if you can share that concern with your parents or your youth pastor so that you can receive guidance to share with them. Even better, offer to go with them if they want to tell an adult about an abusive situation, you never know when you might be just what someone needs to restore their hope.

Now go pray for a stranger this week, I prayer-dare you!

Post your stories back here so that we can encourage each other and because I can’t wait to hear them!

1 Peter 2:9 – But you are not like that, for you are a chosen people. You are royal priests, a holy nation, God’s very own possession. As a result, you can show others the goodness of God, for he called you out of the darkness into his wonderful light.

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11 Comments

  1. Posted by on November 4, 2011 at 14:13

    This is a great post God bless you.
    The Lord moved on me to pray for random folks about a year ago.
    I’ve seen the Spirit move and so many lives touched since I’ve been doing this.
    I guess i’ve prayed with over 30 folks in the streets and I do believe I’m more touched than they are at times, it really boosts my faith..Keep praying and watch Jesus move!

  2. Posted by on May 29, 2011 at 17:28

    I always try to pray for people in other countries that are oppressed by government, in poverty, or are not allowed to worship as they wish.

  3. Posted by on May 28, 2011 at 20:33

    I pray for everyone all over the world everday.

    It was raining really bad today,and this woman’s tires were sliding really badly. I prayed for her.If you are saved or not,you need prayer.Everyone needs prayer.

  4. Posted by on May 12, 2011 at 16:39

    I’ve done that (prayed for random people) but never approached the person I was praying for interesting idea. I’m not comfortable approaching strangers but I am out there praying for them.

    • Posted by Nicole on May 12, 2011 at 22:01

      That is so sweet Julie! that’s all that counts 🙂 You are wonderful!

  5. Posted by on May 12, 2011 at 12:43

    I love praying for strangers! I love the fact that i can pray for someone who i don’t know and who may never know me and God still listens

    • Posted by Nicole on May 12, 2011 at 15:59

      Hey Ryan me too! That’s so nice you do so. 🙂

  6. Posted by on May 12, 2011 at 11:47

    I don’t think that the stranger even needs to know that you’re praying for them. If someone says they DON’T want you to, then they really need the prayers IMO. Why ask if they want to be prayed for when everyone ****needs**** all the help the can get?? Nobody is perfect.

  7. Posted by on May 12, 2011 at 11:14

    Thanks for sharing this! That’s such a great idea about praying for random people. I went to a Christian Coffeehouse and we prayed for a man who walked in there by accident on his way to and AA meeting. We all prayed for him after he said we could do so and he cried and said how nobody had ever done that for him before. It was inspiring <3

    • Posted by Nicole on May 12, 2011 at 16:10

      Hey Alexa- I’m so happy you did that! I know it really touched the heart of that man and he will always remember that. You planted a seed in that man’s heart which could turn into him having a strong faith in God. God Bless you girl!