Scripture: 1 Kings 6, 2 Chronicles 3, Psalm 97, Romans 1

Romans 1:9-10 God knows that I remember you every time I pray.

Observation/application

The only person I remember every time I pray is me.  Most of my prayers are about me and my concerns.  Paul told the Romans that he remembers them every time he prays—and calls God as his witness.  Even in my prayers—or perhaps starting in my prayers and especially in my prayers—I need to get over my selfishness and be focused on others.

So who should I be remembering every time I pray?  I think I should start with the people who are my responsibility.  If I don’t pray for them, who will?

  • My family: wife, kids, grandkids, extended family.
  • My church: our staff, leaders, owners and visitors.
  • My friends.
  • My church plants: especially leaders.
  • My denomination: especially leaders.
  • My community: especially leaders.

The thing is…it’s a lot of people.  Do I simply “remember them,” as in a quick thought and mention?  Or do I drill deeper, in which case I’m going to pray a long time, or spread the list out over several days.

Either way, Paul’s example stirs me to want to pray more regularly and faithfully for the people in my life.

Prayer: Lord, help me be a better, more consistent, regular and faithful pray-er for the people you’ve put in my life.