Heather Gemmen Wilson
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Heather Gemmen Wilson loves to laugh. She says, "Through all the circumstances of my life, I have gained more than I have lost ... and I'm not just talking weight." Heather is married to her best friend, Lawrence W. Wilson, a pastor, and they have a colorful blended family of...

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  1. Thanks for the reminder! There are so many loved ones that I often forget to pray for. Your post made me realize that if I don’t pray for them, possibly, no one will. That’s a pretty important realization! Too often I take prayer for granted. Great post!

    • Yes, it’s hard to remember everyone. There are so many. I think that’s why a prayer list or journal other device is so helpful. A fun prayer “list” that I’ve used in the past is a handful of shiny rocks, with each rock representing a certain person I am praying for; as I pray for the person, I hold the rock, following this procedure until I’ve held each rock. It’s very meaningful.

  2. I am one of those who came to faith as an adult. So putting a message on my FB won’t really do it since there are more non Christians on there than Christians. I am building relationships in my new church but it just takes time. Often I can’t come up with names of people I can call in time of need. But slowly I have the courage to just call strangers in the church and often they are so willing, when you ask. At the same time I feel a burden when I keep asking for prayer but I had dinner with a friend the other day… she says she has a list of names, she asks for prayers for the littlest things. I realize prayer isn’t a burden, it’s a life style!

  3. I’m so very thankful to have my very Best Friend, Jesus, to pray to about everything. I find myself praying to Him all day about everything. Sometimes as I go down my Facebook feed I start praying for friends. At night I always try and remember to thank
    Him for the blessings in my life like; a warm bed to sleep in, clothes, water, family, and so much more. Please feel free to let me know how I can pray for you. Thanks for this wonderful devotion and reminder.

  4. It is so comforting to think about the power of prayer when the threads of life seem to be unraveling all at once…Thank you…

  5. I sometimes fear when someone asks me to pray for them . . . at the same time it is a burden (heart heavy desire on my part to honor them with prayer) and a blessing (to think that they are honoring me with their request). Prayer is, as you said, ” it’s a terrible, powerful expression of faith that brings us into the very throne room of the Almighty God.”

    • I often feel that same fear when I’ve committed to pray for someone. It’s not something to be taken lightly. But my most refreshing hour of the week is Thursday nights from 7-8 pm, which is when I gather with my prayer group at my church. I can feel tired and grumpy before we pray, and I invariably feel encouraged and uplifted afterwards—even though we are praying for some heavy things. Prayer is a heavy burden, but as is typical of our God, he gives back so much more than we can possibly give to him.

  6. Praying is such an honor. I am thankful that I can pray about anything & everything. I also find it comforting that I can ask for prayers from friends.

    Thank you for reminder to stop and pray for people all the time–prayer makes me realizen just how blessed I am to live, breathe & love Jesus as my Savior & be able to pray for others!

  7. I love this post.

    I don’t do it enough, because I worry that I sound melodramatic, or that I shouldn’t be asking for prayers because my middle class American problems are comparatively tiny. But you are right. I am so BLESSED to be surrounded & supported by people who pray. May I never take that for granted!

    • Yes, it takes humility to ask for prayer, doesn’t it? Actually, I sometimes even feel selfish asking my prayer partners to pray for me, because I know it takes energy and time from them—but when I see how God responds to prayer, I can’t help but seek it out! He is so sweet and wonderful, and I know his answers to their prayers bless them too.

  8. Heather –
    I had this very experience on Friday! I emailed to of my trusted spiritual mentors when I got to work and asked them to pray over me and for me for a conversation I would be having with my director that day. I asked them to pray for the Holy Spirit to provide me wisdom and for my tone of voice to be gentle. The conversation later that day was completely nothing beyond miraculous! The Spirit was present in the room with me and through the phone line to my director. A very positive outcome and I give all the glory and praise to God and the prayers my precious friends offered up over me that morning!

  9. Heather, Thank you for sharing and I’ll remember you in my prayers. God IS faithful. I have a Kitty and Earl that have crossed my path in life and someday there will be a person from a faraway land who God will put in my path that I also will pray for as you do. Thank you for your faithfulness and obedience. Thank you for the reminder that there are many Christians out there needing to be lifted up…this I know as a first generation Christian myself. ~Tammie