Have you ever told someone you would pray for them, but then life got busy and you forgot to write it down? Or you wrote it down and then it was a “my dog ate my homework” scenario? Maybe you noticed someone really discouraged, a friend, relative, or co-worker, and you wanted to remember to lift them up in prayer?
Praying for others requires being intentional.
Today I have a super solution for intentionally praying for others. I’m issuing the 7up prayer challenge. (What in the world? Has she gone mad? Must be cabin fever.)
What’s the 7up prayer challenge?
As I said earlier this week, one of the best ways I’ve found to combat discouragement is to be purposeful about encouraging someone else. Combine prayer and encouragement and wow, that’s a power-packed combo! So I thought some of you might like to join me in this prayer challenge. It’s simple.
Ask God to put someone on your heart that needs your prayer encouragement. Maybe you already know exactly for whom you need to pray.
Buy a single bottle of 7up. I found mine at Speedway because gas stations typically carry small single bottles of soda. (Or you could buy a 2 liter, if someone needs a WHOLE lot of prayer. Just kidding. But a 2 liter would work!)
You could do this challenge without the gift and just give them the card. But the gift is an encouragement too!
Download and print out the graphic below. I created a single label sheet, as well as a sheet of four. You could share this activity with your small group or get your kiddos involved.
Download the single tag here.
Download the set of 4 here.
4. Pen it.
Fill out the label and attach it to the bottle.
Deliver the 7up bottle to the person you plan for pray for the entire week ahead. You could leave it on the porch. Surprise your co-worker. Deliver it to the office where the person works. Leave it in their car. Have fun!
Pray for your person for the entire week and then send them a text, social media message, call them or write them a note at the end of the week so they will know you followed through on your commitment.
It’s that easy!
Now I’m going to do the challenge beginning this Sunday, February 22,2015 through Saturday, February 28,2015, but it doesn’t matter WHEN you do it. However, I thought it would be really fun to add a hashtag so we can see how it’s working out. So use the hashtag:
There is nothing like the power of prayer.
The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working. James 5:16
All right, who’s in this week? I’d love to hear from you!
BONUS: If you are praying for your husband or children, you can use these prayer guides to pray for 7 days: