I love my church. It’s not very big but it’s just full of caring, wonderful people. Since it is small, everyone pretty much knows everyone else’s family, friends, and neighbors. It’s community oriented and tries to help anyone in the area that needs help.
But, I’ve got a problem.
We have a prayer chain and I’ve been on it for several years. No biggie. Someone calls me and tells me who and what needs prayer. This was a piece of cake for a long time. I would immediately get off of the phone and pray. However, lately, it’s become a little complicated for me. First, the person who calls me has changed. The lady that calls me now is a fantastic woman. I wish that I was more like her. She is always doing some kind of ministry, either at nursing homes or with children. BUT, if I’m not at home when she calls, she leaves a message and I cannot understand what she is saying. And, I’ve gotten lazy about praying immediately upon hanging up the phone. I use to keep a notepad by the phone and write the prayer requests down. Some times, there would be several and I didn’t wanna leave anyone out. Now, since I can’t understand the lady (it’s really because she’s talking too fast), I’m not sure for whom I’m suppose to be praying. The messages sound kinda like this….
“Oh, hello…this Pansy (named changed) with a prayer chain. Mr. “mumblemumble” needs prayer for “mumblemumble” and”can’tquitemakeitout’s” niece is having surgery for “mumblemumble”. Get the idea? I can’t make out the names or details.
To make matters worse, I am becoming very guilty of prayer procrastination. I fully intend to do it but lately, it slips my mind.
So, I’ve been trying to do One Big Combined Prayer and it goes something like this…
I’m sorry that I didn’t do this when I was suppose to do it. But, I guess it’s better late than never, right, God? So, please take care of Mr. “mumblemumble”. And, please be with “mumblemumble”‘s neice while she is going thur “mumblemumble”. (I don’t actually say “mumblemumble”, I really just mumble cause I figure that God knows who they are). And, Lord, in case I didn’t get this prayer in on time and they died or something, please bring comfort to the family of the deceased. And, if they are still alive and have recovered, Lord, thank you for your blessings on them. I will try to do better with this prayer chain in the future…..Amen!”
I’m just wondering if this is a bad thing to do? Should I just forget about praying or continue to do an umbrella prayer for I don’t know who? I’m just not sure.