This morning I was thinking about prayer requests and prayer offerings.
If I say, “we’ll keep you in our prayers,” then as far as the other person concerned is that promise fulfilled in its very making?
As far as I’m concerned, if I say, “we’ll say a prayer for you tonight” the night before a surgery, then forget and pray it the following night instead, can God take those prayers back retroactively like Mary was Immaculate Conceived due to her son’s actions retroactively?
Since God is beyond time, I should think that prayer offerings deliver their value to their recipient in their making. Only if the recipient finds it was not made with sincerity maybe it could backfire. That way, as long as I’m not just taking it lightly when I make the promise, there has already been some temporal benefit from conveying the wish verbally from one human to another.
At least I hope so, because I forget things sometimes, and there’s one person in particular who had life threatening illness and told a friend he’d like to hear from me but I just remembered I was supposed to call him like months ago. I guess I was too distracted at the time. Now I have to send an email to find out if he’s even still alive.
If I ever say, “I’ll pray for you,” I like to take a moment or two as soon as possible, to say a silent prayer to myself so that I can guarantee I was not lying about my intent. Now of course I cannot promise to pray X prayer at X time in the future, except with God willing as a caveat.
I’ve thrown in a few things into this thread. Take it anywhere you wish, or let it die. Into God’s hands I commend this thread.