Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Praying in Line

Waiting in line. It can be a test. But I wonder why?  It doesn't have to be. Those moments when we are angry at being behind someone or status-updating in frustration and wondering why other people are in our way are perfect opportunities to take a deep breath, and pray.

Yeah, pray. Pray for that slow clerk - it could be her first day, or her last or her hardest.  Pray for that slow driver - he could be losing his licence, or have lost her husband or losing their life.  Pray for that person who takes 20 items to the 15 or less lane - maybe there is a sick baby at home, or a sick husband or they are so tired they didn't see.

Which of these people deserves grace less than you?  Which of these people are unworthy of a caring word and a prayer? None! Not a single one.

Matthew 25:40 40 “The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’

What would it take for you to slow down and instead of being angry or frustrated to offer a prayer?  What would it take for you to say thanks, or offer some kindness in your busy day?  Are we more important than our brothers and sisters in Christ? I don't think so.  Actually I know we are not!  God doesn't play favorites, why should we?  Grace is free.  Share some!

1 Timothy 2:1-2 1 I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people— 2 for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness.

Pray for each other. Offer the people you see to the Lord, direct the shower of grace to them.  

It isn't easy, I know. We are encouraged to be first, fastest and best.  We need to be encouraged to slow down and pray. We need to be encouraged to show grace and love, to pray for each other. 

I'm praying for you, as you read this, I've asked God that when you get here that He shower you with grace for your day. Bright blessings, always and in all ways!


  1. Oh, Shanyn - what a beautiful post and what perfect questions we should ask ourselves today. I especially love this: "Which of these people deserves grace less than you?" You're absolutely right; not a single one! We never know the situation behind what we see - praying for them is the perfect solution! Be blessed today, my friend!

  2. Amen! I try so hard to remember that we never know someone's story. Great reminders that we all need to slow down and as Christ followers, we should be ready and willing to be last.

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  3. Amen! Wonderful post! Some of us need to "reality check" ourselves! I don't know anyone, including myself with too much compassion or kindness!

  4. Debbie - thanks for coming by and leaving some love. What a blessing to have you here!

    Mel! Thanks for coming by and you are right, it is hard sometimes to slow down and pause for prayer.

    Trema - you are so right! We need to check it within and give some love, grace and prayers without.