What do you pray for when you go into a time of prayer and solidarity? Health? Wealth? Patience? Time? Peace? Do you pray over the homeless and the hungry? The broken and the healed? Do you thank the Lord for who He is? For all He has done in your life? Do you pray over your family and friends? More important still, what are the tones of your prayer? Pity, relieve or absolute thankfulness?
When you are busy with your life and your schedule seems to be full and life’s pressures are boiling at the surface. Do you see the girl sitting on a park bench staring into the nothingness of space? Do you see the guy walking into the bar, knowing that when he leaves his sorrows will be drowned? Do you see the person next to the road selling homemade items? Do you see the person at the back of the church with a family, dressed neatly and comes across well mannered, with the world is on his shoulders? It is easy to miss these people when you are consumed with your own life. You miss don’t realise that the girl is a heartache away from depression, the guy is one night away from alcohol poisoning, the person next to the road is down to their last morsel and the person in church is one mortgage payment away from self-harm.
Where does our happiness come from?
We as Christians should always find our happiness and joy in the Lord. Regardless of the trails and tests that He places in our way. Our hearts should be spiritually inclined, seeking the grace of God in all that we do. For it is then that we find inner peace and happiness amongst our circumstances. However, we do forget at times that other people’s happiness do not stem from our own happiness. Yes, a smile can turn someone’s day around. That one act of kindness can be a catalyst for a better day in someone else’s life. However, it does not alter their circumstances, only a changed heart can be a catalyst therefor. Now I know that not everyone is unhappy in life, but we can all do with a bit more happiness, even when our cup is filled to the brim.
Today I have a happiness challenge for you
Take one person. The first person that pops into your mind and start praying for them. Pray for their lives, that God may bless them in abundance, that He will mend his heart and give him an unlimited amount of joy and happiness. For just 30 days. Pray for them without expecting anything in return. Put something on the line for this person out of complete selflessness. Give them the one commodity you cannot get back. Your time.
In those times you have devoted to pray for the happiness of this person, there are a few guidelines to following:
- Ask God to show them the way to true happiness and that He is the answer to their prayers.
- Pray that His Will, will manifest in the lives of the three and that He will open and close the doors on the things in their lives that does not bring true happiness and fulfillment.
- Take your own desires out of the situation, don’t add conditions and limitations to the amount of happiness you wish for these people.
- Remember always, that God’s plan for your life and their lives are vastly different, and yes, even if you belong in those people’s lives, you cannot put a stature of limitations because you feel like it. Your personal feelings about these people have nothing to do with these prayers. These are prayers toward God, for these people. Taking their wants, needs and purpose in life into consideration above all else.
I realise that they may seem harsh, but we are prone to fall into the pitfalls of our own minds and are narrowed by these pitfalls. God is limitless. His provision is abundant. Who are we to place limitations on His blessings?
Spreading love, spreading happiness
Happiness is a rare commodity in this world, as we live in a world full of constant pressure. Doing acts of kindness have become a status symbol instead of an act of selflessness. So the challenge you should pose to yourself is one person, five minutes, thirty days. Affording that person, whether you know them or not, with selflessly devoted time. Minding their happiness.