You're In My Prayers.

"LOL."

"Love you."

"Let's get together soon."

All of these phrases have something in common. 

How many times have you typed "LOL" as a response when you're too lazy to think of one?

How many times do you say "Love you" out of habit instead of actually feeling the words that are rolling off of your tongue?

"Let’s get together soon."

Oh man this is probably one of my favorites (and by "favorites" I mean that it makes me cringe). I have been on the giving end and the receiving end of that phrase and each time I am highly uncomfortable. LOL (I meant that).

Why do we say these things? Because they are something to say when you have nothing to say or don't know what to say.  When we don't have the words, we resort to using these phrases so that we don't have to put thought into a response. 

It's cool, I get it. I too am guilty of this habit from time to time.

But let me ask you about this one...

"You're in my prayers."

How many times have you replied to a troubled post, "You're in my prayers," or "I’m praying for you," or "thoughts and prayers?"

How many times did you ACTUALLY pray for that person? How many times after typing that response did you close your eyes or drop to your knees and pray to God (or whomever you believe in) to guide that person and grant them the strength that they needed to get thru that hard time?

If you do actually take the time to do this, awesome. But I'm willing to bet that more times than not, this is a response that is used once again when you don't know what to say. I challenge you to break this habit. 

Religion is not meant to be used a space filler in an awkward conversation. Praying is the act of calling out to a higher being for guidance or to express gratitude. Making such a bold conviction such as, "I WILL PRAY FOR YOU," needs to be honored and taken seriously.

The next time you stumble across a post that makes you want to throw out the "p-word" without true intention of following thru with that action...don't. Try compassion. Try empathy. Try for a moment to comfort them with a few short sentences. 

If their post made you smile, tell em'. If you want to reconnect with someone, make the plans and keep em'. If you love someone, make sure they know it. Don't say it out of obligation or routine, say it because you feel it with every ounce of your being. If you believe that prayer heals, then say it and follow it up with the action of praying.

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I know that we live in a society that has lead us to believe that an instant response is the best response, but these instant responses cause us to be a little less human and a little more robotic. Let's take the time to feel and to communicate with intention. And if you ever think that you "don't have time" to pray...please keep in mind that a conversation with the Lord will only last as long as you need it to.

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