After Christian historical romance, Christian suspense is my favorite genre. Especially when characters go undercover and the tension builds as covert operations are planned to catch the bad guys.
It may be that I have read one too many of these novels. Or that I have watched Sue Thomas F.B. Eye too many times to count. Or that my grandfather was a retired police officer for the San Diego Police Department.
I’ve recently felt God prompting me into my own incognito activities.
I’ve become an undercover prayer warrior.
Don’t get me wrong, I still (and always will first and foremost) intercede for family and friends numerous times a day. There is not a time during the day when I’m not in constant contact with the Lord.
However, now I’ve added strangers to the list. People who don’t even know I’m praying for them.
Want to join me in this venture? Here’s how to become an undercover prayer warrior:
1. Keep your eyes open. There’s a woman I see each time I’m utilizing the elliptical machine at my local gym. A salt-and-pepper pixie haircut and a somber expression line her face. I’ve never seen her smile. Not once. Not when the machine she wanted was available, and certainly not to return a smile. This woman became my mission. Each time I see her, I pray earnestly for her. I pray for whatever struggles she is facing. I pray for joy and peace in her life. And I pray that if she doesn’t know the Lord, she would someday come to know Him.
Had I not been keeping my eyes open, I may not have noticed this woman and had the privilege to pray for her.
2. Keep your ears open. Ambulance sirens? Emergency helicopter? Both denote that someone is injured, or may even be possibly fighting for his or her life. Whenever our family hears either of those sounds, we stop what we’re doing and immediately pray for those who are being transported. We pray also that the Lord would provide wisdom and guide the doctor’s hands, as any necessary medical procedures are done.
3. Keep your heart open. Whenever I pass by the hospital or local cancer center, I pray for those who are receiving treatment. I pray for God’s healing, and that He would make Himself known to those who don’t yet know Him. It’s beyond difficult to struggle with an illness, especially one that’s terminal. Prayer support is the most important thing we can offer someone.
4. Keep your mind open. Some of the hardest people to pray for are those who are unkind. I experienced some unkindness recently from a woman in desperate need of prayer. I didn’t necessarily want to pray for this meanie, but I knew it was the right thing to do. I had to keep an open mind and pray for this person. (Matthew 5:43-47)
So become God’s undercover prayer warrior. Slip into detective mode and…
- Pray for that exhausted mom in front of you at the grocery store with the seven children.
- Pray for the clerk at the department store or the waitress at your favorite restaurant.
- Pray for the man in front of you at the doctor’s office who has just been told to go to the E.R. because he may be having a heart attack.
- Scan the newspaper and pray for comfort for the families of those who have recently passed away.
- Pray for those in jails and prisons.
- Pray for those in drug treatment facilities attempting to overcome addictions.
And the list goes on.
God always hears each and every prayer we pray.
Why not bless someone today with your prayers?