“When was the last time you prayed for your community? For your church? For your city?”
I straightened up in my seat as my pastor raised these questions with the congregation last year.
“Are the only prayers you offer up to the Lord ones where you ask him to work in your own life?”
Unfortunately, this was true for me.
In the past month, I had never forgotten to ask God for help as I moved into a new apartment and started another semester at college. However, I couldn’t recall the last time I prayed the same for someone else, even when my peers were going through similar transitions.
Throughout the drive back home from church, my pastor’s words lingered in my mind. I felt convicted and wanted to do better. As Scripture states in 1 Timothy 2:1, Paul urged “that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people,” and not just for myself.
So I gave myself a challenge.