Forty-five minutes before posting this blog, I was leading a Sunday evening class on prayer. One of the things I said was, "When someone asks you to pray, do it then, without hesitation." I came to my office, and picked up the phone to call a church member who is going to the doctor in the morning. A man answered the phone and I asked if this was the son of the church member. The man sounded a little bit annoyed and said, "No, I get a lot of calls for her, but its not her phone number." I apologized and told him I was a pastor trying to get up with my church member. The man responded, "You are a pastor?" I gulped a bit, then said, "Yes... I am."
The man asked me if I would pray for him and his daughter as they had been separated for a period of time, and they were trying to reestablish a relationship as father and daughter. Without hesitation, I asked if I could pray for them both right then.
God calls us to "pray for one another" and to do so with "thanksgiving, making a joyful noise to him" (Psalm 95:2). Often, we miss the great opportunity to interact with people when we nod our heads and agree to pray... but fail to do it right then.
Ask God to deepen your prayer life, by giving you opportunities to pray for friends, neighbors, relatives, and "chance encounters". You never know what joys await you when you rely on God's guidance and his power for your life.