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“Do you get a lot of prayer requests?” I asked Stan one morning.
“Yes, I do,” was his response. “And I’m glad you asked because I have something to say about that,” he said rather solemnly.
“Sounds serious,” I said.
“Well, what I have to say may not be specifically Biblical,” Stan said, “but it is specifically a matter of courtesy.”
“Let’s have it,” I responded.
“When someone asks me to pray, when he or she has a specific prayer request,” Stan continued, “I almost always ask that the person let me know the results of my prayers.”
“Rarely,” Stan replied, “and that bothers me.”
Continuing, he said, “If I don’t know the results of my prayers, I don’t know if they have been effective.”
“And I don’t know if I need to change how or about what I am praying.”
“Additionally,” he continued, “I certainly don’t know how to give glory to God for His answers.”
“Letting another person know about the results of prayers is not only a matter of courtesy, it is a matter of encouraging effective prayers.”
“So, my friend,” Stan concluded, “when you ask me to pray for a particular situation, please always let me know what happens as a result of my prayers.”
“You got it, Stan,” I replied.
The effective prayer of a righteous man can accomplish much. James 5:16.
Prayer: Thank you, Lord, that you do answer prayer. And thank you that you do lead me to pray in accord with your will. I ask you to help me in being effective in my prayers. And I ask you to move in others who ask for prayer so that they let me know the results of my prayers so I can pray effectively and in accord with your will. Thank you that I can and do come before you with this in the name of Jesus. Amen.