I can confidently stand in front of you and say there is nothing that can make you feel miles high or inches small than the words people use when they talk to you (or when you talk to yourself). Death and life, my friends! Death. And. Life.
Recently I experienced this yet again through the power of the words my friend chose to pray over me.
I had one of those days at work where nothing went wrong, but nothing went quite right either. I felt like a forgotten servant whose sole job was to be walked on.
More than just problems at work, I felt overwhelmed with my upcoming internship. I was worried about money. I was worried about things that might happen relationally over the 10 month internship.
WORRY. WORRY. WORRY.
I'm not sure if my friend saw it in my eyes. Or God prompted him to pray for me, but he walked right over and asked if he could pray for me. He offered prayer freely.
While I don't remember exactly what Luke said. I can tell that you it was filled with love and vision. Through his prayer he reminded me exactly who I belong to and why that was more than enough of a reason to walk confidently.
It was quick. No fancy "Bible-Sounding" words were used. It was simply a youth pastor praying over a volunteer who is about to make a scary leap of faith. But BOY! Did God move in such a cool way.
Through my friend's prayer, I was reminded of a Bible Verse in 2nd Timothy (2:13.. to be exact). This verse has gotten me through a lot of hard times, but only in the sense that I was going to be okay in the future.
When I was filled with anxiety I would remind myself that God would never let me leave His wonderful hand. It was a safety net. A promise verse to make me feel better.
My friend thanked God for the life that I had already lived and he thanked God for His faithfulness in my life up to this point.
That verse is not just a safety net for the future (thank you Jesus!), but a reminder of God's character in the past. He always does what He says He is going to do.
And DANG! I'm thankful for that. And thankful for great friends who are willing to pray. Do yourself and your friends a favor. Always offer prayer freely.