A friend of mine has just been diagnosed with breast cancer. She has some tough treatment ahead of her and it's going to be a hard journey. As you can imagine, I have been praying for her... A LOT!
As I was asking for all these things on her behalf the other day, I suddenly stopped and thought, "What if she doesn't actually need the things I'm asking for?"
God knows my friend better than I do. She might already feel brave going into this, she might feel certainty that God is by her side. On the other hand, she might be worried about her kids and how they'll handle this, or she might prefer prayer for her husband.
I realized that I don't actually know exactly what she needs, but God does.
So recently I have been praying, "Lord, give her what she needs the most to get her through this."
God knows best. I need to stop telling him what to do for the people I'm praying for and just ask that he provide them with what they need.
What do you think about praying for others?