Faith & Friends Friday – Do You Pray for the Normal?

Faith & Friends Friday – Do You Pray for the Normal?

Today there is a movie that is coming out in theaters everywhere.

But it’s not just any movie.

Nor is it starring just any old actress.

The movie is a movie about prayer.

And the lead role is played by my sister Priscilla.



Speechless because this doesn’t happen everyday.

A movie about prayer.

My sister in a movie.

But the two of those non-normal things happening and converging on the same day has brought something to my attention. Do those two somewhat normal things happen and converge on the same day in real life?

Does prayer – a normal and familiar practice – converge often with my sister – a normal and familiar-to-me person?

Are my prayers well rounded?

Are they balanced?

Do I pray for the normal?

Am I quick to pray for myself and just a little slow to pray for others – especially those that are familiar to me and those that I see everyday and those whose lives seem to doing fine?

Or do I only pray in crisis?

Do I only pray for the person who is on death’s door or the person who needs a job or the person who is trying again this month once again to go for a positive pregnancy test?

Those things matter and they deserve prayer.

But do I remember to pray for more than my children or my niece who is in a movie but forget to pray for the neighborhood kids? Do I remember to pray for more than my co-worker friend on my job but also the person down the hall that just got promoted or the person downstairs who has been sitting at that desk for the last ten years?

Do I see that everyone, the movie star and the janitor on the movie set, could use my prayers?

Am I open and aware to the promptings of the Holy Spirit so that my heart beats in step with His for those who I see everyday and for whom I would pray?

Am I brave enough to pray for them?

Am I brave enough to tell them that I am praying for them and even bolder to pray with them?

Am I bold?

Do I recognize that Satan is bold as he comes to kill, steal, and destroy and that he works non-stop to disable, discourage, and defeat believers every minute of every day?

Do I realize that if he has a bold strategy to overpower me that I should use my fervent prayers as a bold, strategic weapon to overcome and have the victory available through Christ Jesus?


Am I on guard by reading God’s Word and seeking out His will and His words to pray back to Him.

Am I dressed in the Amor of God that protects me from the fiery darts of the enemy and am I willing to pick up the sword of the Word of God and use it to wield clarity and cutting truth in my life and the life of others?

And then do I pray based on His revealed Word to His beloved.

Am I devoted to others in love?

Am I devoted to prayer?

Be devoted to one another in brotherly love; give preference to one another in honor; not lagging behind in diligence, fervent in spirit, serving the Lord; rejoicing in hope, persevering in tribulation, devoted to prayer, contributing to the needs of the saints, practicing hospitality. Romans 12:10-12

Does the normal in my life – my family, friends, co-workers, neighbors, converge with what should also be normal in your prayer closet – my honest and open consistent communication with the God of the universe?

When hard pressed, I cried to the Lord,. He brought Me into a spacious place.

If my sister is starring in a movie, am I praying for her?


But if my sister is sitting behind the wheel taking her kids to baseball practice, am I praying for her then?

If your husband is on life support, are you praying for him?


But if your husband is underneath the car changing the oil, are you prayer for him then?

If the mother of your child’s best friend is going through a divorce, are you praying for her?


But if the mother of your child’s best friend has gone shopping – yet again – because you see her in the latest fashions and notice the designer bag on her shoulder… and you maybe even feel a tinge of jealousy – do you pray for her then?

If your good friend is getting married, do you pray for her?


But after the wedding when the pain in your heart pulses louder as you see the newlyweds together and you remember that you still haven’t found the love and connection that you so desire – do you pray for her then? Do you pray for her marriage even as you beg God to give you one of your own?

Does the normal in your life converge with what should also be the normal?

Do I find my way to my knees when I’m burdened by the weight of a pain to heavy to bear standing up tall?

Or do I have a place, a war room, where I go regularly to meet with the Master because conversation with Him is a regular part of my day?

If I am facing a crisis of health, finances, relationship, or my own sanity, am I praying?


But if my life is fairly routine and uneventful, if I my bills are paid and vacation plans are in the works, if my kids are healthy and I’m thinking clear, if my car runs well and my job is on auto-pilot, am I praying then?

Does the normal in my life converge with the normal of my lips?

Will I pray?

Will you?

Because there doesn’t have to be a special crisis of some kind to force you or me into our prayer closets and to motivate us go to war for our life and for the lives of others – even when life is normal.

Prayer is normal.

People are normal.

And those two normals should converge on a regular basis.

This is the discipline of prayer.

This is the power of a practice that can infuse your life and the lives of those in your circle of influence with access to God’s supernatural involvement in the everyday. 

Faith and Friends Friday people.

Come on.

And it doesn’t matter if you do it for you or if you do it for others. It doesn’t matter if you do it for crisis or if you do it for the normal.  It does’t matter if you do it for the familiar or if you do it for the strange.

Do it for you.

Do it for others.

Just do it.


 Your prayers matter - even the normal ones.

Today is the 26th day of the 28 day Instagram Challenge.

Not perfect. Not always on my knees.  Not always longer than a five minute chat between friends.

But better. Much better.

I have been contemplating whether or not a commitment to pray each and every day has made a difference.

It does.

It has.

So today let’s pray…

Let’s pray for ourselves and for one another.

Feel free to pray about ANYTHING


But if you need a topic to guide your focus of prayer, think about this word.


Think about these questions as you type up your prayer.

What  is the “normal” in your life for which you might not think to pray?

Who do you engage with regularly that you rarely pray for?

Where is your “war room”? What “spot” can you use to regularly meet with God?

Again… feel free to pray about anything that concerns you.  But if the topic of “normal” resonates with you, pray in that direction.

So how exactly does this work do you ask?


1) Post YOUR prayer.
First, scroll to the end of the post to find the section for comments.  Keep scrolling to the end of the comments to find the empty box where you can leave your prayer request. Click “Post Comment”.

2) Pray for someone else.
Then, look above you in the comment thread for the person who posted just before of you.  Hit “reply” and pray for them.  That way we make sure that everyone gets covered!

Please don’t feel insecure about your ability to pray for another sister or feel that her request is above your spiritual “pay grade.” Just pray with your heart.  God hears. He works with the words that we have and then He takes care of the rest.

3) Post your pic!
Make sure we can “see” you! Go to so that others can see your face in the comments! (It’s easy! Just click on the green button labeled “Get your gravatar today” )

4) Pray more
Once you have left your prayer request and prayed for the person above you, if you have a few minutes feel free to reply and pray for any other comment/prayer you see in the thread.

OK friend… here we go.

Let’s pray.

Oh!  And if you need a little more guidance or encouragement in the area of prayer, check out my sister’s new book on prayer, Fervent.




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  1. Chrystal Hurst August 28, 2015 at 7:09 am - Reply

    Dear God,

    I pray today for my sister Priscilla. Thank you for the opportunity that you have given to her share your message of hope, prayer, and power with the world. I pray that you would continue to strengthen her for the work that you have given her to do. I pray that you would protect her emotionally and physically from those that seek to harm her or tear her down. I pray that any plan of the enemy to shoot darts in her direction might be thwarted. I pray for her husband, her children, and the sensitive places in her heart. Give her grace to continue on the journey of sharing your Word with others. In Jesus name, Amen.

  2. Carlissa Tucker August 28, 2015 at 8:06 am - Reply

    Lord, I would like to say you are the center in my life and thank you for letting me breath the breathe if life today. Wrap your arms around my friend Garett and guide him to the answers that he needs. I pray for his child mother that you bring her comfort in her frustration . Please bring her clarity. Please guide my new college student in her new journey of adulthood . And protect my other two children as the start a new school year. Amen

  3. April Raines August 28, 2015 at 8:11 am - Reply

    Dear Lord Heavenly Father,
    Thank You Lord for Loving Me with Your unfailing Love. Thank You for your patience with me. Today I pray for Chrystal and her family. Pray that you would give her the courage and the strength to keep shining the light. I pray for wisdom; your Truth revealing wisdom for both me and Adam my boyfriend. Help him to come to the knowledge of your saving Grace. Bring us to the end of ourselves so that we may find you there. Help us all, every Christian to Stand Firm in Our Faith and to remember your promises. Help us to turn away from darkness and into your Glorious Light. Pray for our children and every other child in this whole wide world that you would open the eyes and the ears of their hearts that they might know you. And I pray that you would send a revival and let it begin with me. In Jesus precious name I pray. Amen.

  4. Julie C August 28, 2015 at 8:14 am - Reply

    Dear Lord, I praise and thank you for all your blessings in my life. The desire of my heart is for our son to return to God and also to let us into his life. My prayer is also for my husband to forgive his sister who has deeply wounded him. God, your shinning light is what sustains me daily, may I be your light also for those I see daily. Amen

  5. Elly August 28, 2015 at 8:46 am - Reply

    Heavenly Father I hold up to you Julie C that you will answer her prayer for her son and for her husband. I pray that she will know your love for her and find patience as she waits upon your answers. May she know the peace that passes all understanding when she gives her cares over to You.

    Thank You for this oppprtunity to reach out to Julie and for the ministry of Chrystal that has made this opportunity possible.

    I pray that you will bless this weekend as my husband and I visot with our daughter and son-in-law and help them with a house project as they prepare for receiving the gift of an adopted child into their lives. May this be a time that we can share our love for you with them.

    Bless all who see this prayer with your grace and mercy.


  6. Lisa Gotay August 28, 2015 at 8:49 am - Reply

    Father I come before in the precious name of your son, my Savior, Jesus Christ and I present myself before you. I lay every care and every burdensome thought that is not of you down at the Cross. I ask that you cleanse my heart and mind of all that is not of you. Forgive me of my sins and wash me with your blood. I receive your forgiveness and I thank you. I pray for my son to develop a deeper revelation of who you are and let him know how much you love him. As he is away at his first year in college I ask that he continue to seek you first, that he would not be ashamed of the gospel. That he would stand up for Your righteousness, purity, holiness, reverence, and compassion. That your word that he has hidden in his heart rise up within him at all times. I pray that you would continue to develop his character to be more and more like your Father! I leave him at the foot of the cross in Jesus name! Father I lift up Ms. Chrystal and I pray for a continued outpouring of your divine revelation over her. I pray that she would continue to be your mouth piece that she would touch and it would be your touch, that wherever her feet tread would be holy ground! Please cover her marriage and make that three strand cord tighter everyday. That her children would continue to receive from You through her. I thank you that you have ordered her steps and pray that she will ALWAYS walk in YOUR truth! In Jesus name Amen!

    • Lisa Gotay August 28, 2015 at 9:00 am - Reply

      Father I come before and present my sister in Christ, Julie. I come into agreement with your will Father that her son will open his heart to you first then to his parents. I pray that he would reach a place where he wrestles with You Father and receives his blessing Lord. I ask that you place God fearing men and women filled with the Holy Spirit around that would give him a deeper revelation of who you are and who he belongs too. I pray the door of communication would be opened with his parents in Jesus name. Lord, I lift up Julie’s husband and ask that you heal his heart and that he know that what the enemy meant for evil, the Lord will turn around for His honor and glory!!! That no matter what Lord you are collecting every painful tear and every cry that he has shed before you. I pray for healing in this relationship and most of all that your will be done and that he continue to pray and wait on you Father. All this Father I ask in Jesus name Amen!

  7. Annie Sims August 28, 2015 at 9:40 am - Reply

    Dear Lord, I pray for your protection, guidance and continual blessings for my dear sister Priscilla as she shares your message of Hope, Love, Peace, Deliverance, Prayers and Trust with your people living in this dying world. Lord, continue to use her in a mighty way. Lord, thanks for Crystal shining that beautiful Light of Love that she shares with your girls. Continue to bless, strengthen, protect and keep her and her family, so she can continue to ignite the fire in us as she shares your Word with us. I offer prayer for my children, grandchild, sister, brothers and all my family members. Please continue to bless us in a mighty way, Lord. I have a sister friend who needs you so desperately.. She is going through so many trials and tribulations right now. Please give her peace, resources and keep her strong as goes through her struggles. Please bless all children as they return to school, protect them and keep them safe in school. Bless all my sister friends as they struggle with trials, tribulations and the issues of life. Thank you so much Lord for blessing me and keeping me safe and providing for me all of my life. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen

    • Mikki Cooper Williams August 28, 2015 at 5:34 pm - Reply

      Dear Lord,
      I pray for my sister Annie Sims. She is a woman of light and love. Empower her to walk out what you ordained for her life. That she changes atmospheres. When she speaks she speaks boldly with words filled with your love. She is the daughter, sister, wife, mother aunt and friend to her sphere of influence that is needed. Thank you Lord for her life and that she be about your purpose in the most perfect name Jesus Christ. Amen.

  8. mercy adasi August 28, 2015 at 3:06 pm - Reply

    Father, i thank you for this platform that you’ve made available through the ministry of your daughter to remind hearts like mine that you still answer prayers, i pray that you’ll strengthen her to do more of what you’ve called her to do. At a time like this in my life, i really want you to bring me to that place where i can say like Jacob, truly God is in this place. Bring me into an awareness and consciousness of your presence again cos its so difficult to breathe without you. i pray for my little nephew at the hospital that you will prove yourself as Jehovah rapha tohim, and my dad too. i pray for my friend julie, who is preparing for her wedding, that you will see her through and you will bless her marriage. Above Lord, I really need you. please just reveal yourself to me and nudge my heart back to you, Amen

  9. Mikki Cooper Williams August 28, 2015 at 5:29 pm - Reply

    My prayer request is that I walk out the life God preordained.

  10. Carmisha Matthews August 28, 2015 at 9:54 pm - Reply

    My prayer request is strength, endurance, and wholeness in my calling, plan, and purpose.

    • Elizabeth August 29, 2015 at 7:14 am - Reply

      Carmisha –
      I just lifted you up in prayer. May you feel the support of God always on your journey.

      God Bless!

  11. Carmisha Matthews August 28, 2015 at 10:05 pm - Reply

    Father in Heaven, I ask that You help my sister Mikki, walk out the life you have planned for her. God give her direction, order, discipline, and wisdom in this walk. Teach her to hear Your voice, follow, and obey. Thank You, Father for every great place you will take her and every blessing You will pour on her. God anoint her for this journey, so that she may complete every assignment You have set before her. Thank you Father for answering this prayer in Jesus Name Amen.

  12. Elizabeth August 29, 2015 at 7:13 am - Reply

    I am struggling with the feeling of loneliness after the end of a relationship. I was convinced that he was “the one,” and that God brought him to me. But, it turned out that it was a very deceptive relationship. I’m hurt. I feel stupid. But, mostly, I feel alone. I want to find that man to share my life with and start a family.

    • Ty Adkins - Howard August 29, 2015 at 8:51 am - Reply

      Lord I pray for Elizabeth, God you know her heart and that this loneliness she feels is only for satan because he is the author of all lies. , God I asked that you show her she is never alone because you are always with her, As you did me teach her how to enjoy herself without others , because until we love us we are not ready for anyone else to love us, and we can still feel alone even with many people around, Give her an unspeakable peace, remind her she is wonderfully made as its says in your word, Lord you said in your word that you would give us the desires of our heart, so I know that you will fill Elizabeth desires for a family and someone to share her heart with, so I am so thankful and already rejoicing in what you are already doing for my dear Sister, I declare all these things in your son JESUS name Amen.

    • Kelly August 29, 2015 at 11:16 am - Reply

      My thoughts & prayers are with you, Elizabeth. I pray you feel God’s abundant strength & know he has a plan for your life. I promise to pray for you!

  13. Ty Adkins - Howard August 29, 2015 at 8:24 am - Reply

    Dear God first I want to thank you for you many blessings, I am grateful for some many things you have done in my life you have saw me through the worst and best of times, God you are so awesome and worthy of every praise. First I want to ask to clear my heart and mind of any thing that’s not like you so that you will hear and honor my request Lord I am grateful for my husband Robert that you have blessed me with, I don’t want my complaints to seem as if I’m ungrateful, so I asked you to help me in that area, you know I have been very independent do it myself type of person and have spent along time being set in what know. Please help to be humble and meek keeping the peace as it says in your word Ephesians 4 :2-3.God you also blessed me with to wonderful sons, I want to always encourage them, and be mind of how I speak, not like a know it all mom, but one who hears their concerns and values their opinion. I am grateful for the boys Azspen and Christan that you blessed me with you spoke so many promises to me about how you would take care of us and you did just that, years ago when you spoke to me that my children with be taught of the Lord I believe it and I have seen it come to pass. Watch over Azspen as he enters this new journey of his life, it’s hard for Lord that he is so far away in college, but what makes it easy is knowing you have angels watching over him. I pray that door are open for him give him favor with his perfessors, when things seem difficult send him a word or a helper, I want pray for his roommates Christopher, Daniel and Adam Lord let them all live in peace and if they don’t know you allow Azspen to introduce them to you. Christan is in Jr High thus year and with that Lord I know all kinds of things are happening, but I know what ever distraction come I know you can keep him focus, he has spoken that he wants all A’s this year and to succeed in football as well as band God I know through you all things are possible, keep him covered each day. Lord you know my heart and I could go on with how good you are and I know you are all knowing so I’m just going to ask as the word say you search the heart of man, so you know what’s in my family and friends hearts and you also know there needs so I asking that whatever there needs are, desire, pains, hurts, burdens etc fulfil and answer those, I declare all these things in your son JESUS name Amen.

  14. Sharon Smith August 29, 2015 at 8:35 am - Reply

    Dear heavenly Father I come asking you to pour out your Spirit upon these women who’s comments are above and below this one. I come asking that you give Carmisha the strength and endurance to do Your will. Lord You know the plans You have for her life. I come asking that you give her a spirit of submission to You as You align her life to the plans, calling, and purpose You designed her uniquely for.

    Father I also come lifting Mercy before Your throne. Lord thank You for Your presence in her life, continue to speak to her heart and let her know You are with her wherever she goes. Lord touch Mercy’s nephew in the hospital and her dad. You know the situation and we are asking for healing and anything else that’s needed. Please send Your ministering angels to them and the family. I thank You for her friend Julie who is getting married; Lord we come asking that You bless this union and that it will glorify You.

    Prayer request -a spirit and lifestyle of obedience to God and confidence in God in what can seem like a overwhelmingly long season of weight loss.

  15. gail August 29, 2015 at 9:21 am - Reply

    Heavenly Father, I thank you for this Web page that has brought us this reminder and time to pray. I pray for Elizabeth above, that she will find peace and comfort knowing you understand what she is going through. I asked that you wrap your loving arms around her and let her know you are here and that you care about her. Let her know she has friends that love her and that she is never alone.
    I ask for guidance in this strange and uncertain season of my life. I thank you for all the normal, safe bed to sleep in, food to eat, wonderful family and friends, this posting. Bless us Lord. In Jesus name, Amen.

  16. Kelly August 29, 2015 at 11:12 am - Reply

    Lord, I ask you to help me be content with my life & know that your plan is the direction I need to follow. Help me to be the best Child of God, Wife, Daughter, Sister, Step-mom, Sister in law, Daughter in law, Aunt, Friend, & Prawer Warrior, that I can be. Help me to let go & let God!


  17. Jasm elliot August 29, 2015 at 5:46 pm - Reply

    I pray for all that knew my old darling. Every one is reeling from his death. Tonight grant his step son sleep. In Jesus name amen.

    • Jasm elliot August 29, 2015 at 6:17 pm - Reply

      I pray for Kelly that she will be confident. Amen

  18. MH Pigues August 31, 2015 at 8:39 am - Reply

    Gracious and Heavenly Father, thank you for the opportunity to participate in this wonderful circle of corporate prayer. Please God, bless this ministry! I pray for peace and comfort for jasm elliott (above) and for the stepson of her beloved. I also lift up my mom Kay to you knowing and having confidence in Your Word and Your power to touch, heal and deliver. Thank you for allowing me to petition you directly because of the sacrifice of Your Son Jesus the Christ, in whose mighty and matchless name I pray and ask!

  19. DaphneP September 1, 2015 at 6:50 am - Reply

    Dear Heavenly Father, thank you for allowing me to see another day. Lord I ask that you would bless every woman that has participated in this prayer so far. Please Father bless MH Pigues and her Mom Kay. Let Your healing hands touch her body and let her Mom Kay stay strong and confident in Your Word and remember that with You Father, all things are possible. Now Father, I ask that you would allow me to go to work with a positive attitude and realize that I cannot make it through the day without You. I pray for traveling grace and I’m thanking you in advance for a great day. In your Son Jesus’ name I pray, Amen

    • Deb September 2, 2015 at 4:22 pm - Reply

      Lord, I join Daphne as she intercedes on behalf of others. Give her eyes to see and ears to hear You. Strengthen her as she desires to represent You in the workplace and let her see our battle is not with flesh and blood but against spiritual darkness. Give her grace as she advances Your Kingdom and pushes back the kingdom of darkness. Amen

  20. Deb September 2, 2015 at 4:19 pm - Reply

    Father, thank You for calling us to You – that You call me Your dearly loved daughter. Thank You for the change taking place in our life now as my husband faces unemployment. Thank You for my friend choosing abstinence from alcohol to ease her pain – wrap Your arms around her, strengthen her to do battle against the enemy who seeks to steal, kill, and destroy. Thank You for working in another friend as we study Philippians – for how she’s seeing You in a new way. Guide and guard our church as we continue to heal from spiritual abuse – I ask that we run to You rather than away. Let me be a friend to each one that You place in my life. May I walk humbly before You, to do justly, and love mercy. We don’t know what’s in the future but our eyes are fixed on You, trusting You to do Your perfect work in us. Thank You for Your love! Amen

  21. Jennifer Jones September 3, 2015 at 7:50 am - Reply

    Father, in the name and f Jesus, I lift up every person who has left a request on this page and prayed for another person’s needs. Lord, I ask you to draw each of us closer to you, to feel your heartbeat and hear your stillvsmall voice leading and guiding us in the way you would have us walk. Help us Father to not step to the right or the left, but keep our feet from evil. Keep our eyes focused upward looking at the hills because our help comes from you. Continuevto create in us a clean heart and renew a right spirit within us. Help us Father to always know and remember that you bless us to be a blessing to all nations so that your glory will cover the earth and we will cry out in unison, Worthy is the Lamb who was slain… Father, meet the needs if your people, heal, provide, lead and guide us. Give us the words to pray for the unsaved people in our lives and in the nations who have not heard your gospel story of redemption. Father, give us heartsvand mindsvto be willing to laybdown our lives for your glory… For your glory Lord, let it be.. In Jesus name, Amen

  22. Jennifer Jones September 3, 2015 at 8:05 am - Reply

    I left a prayer for others, but will ask for prayer for salvation of family members not walking with Christ. One in particular is at a crossroad and I’m asking the Lird to have mercy on him and use the circumstances in his life to cause his desire to become one of faithvand trust in God, to cry out as Saul did, what must I do to be saved?

  23. LH October 3, 2015 at 7:06 am - Reply

    Dear heavenly Father,

    Thank you for your goodness, grace, and mercy. Although I don’t understand why things happen as they do, I know you are a good God, one who ultimately takes care of his people. I trust that you will not leave or forsake TP and me. Joblessness is hard, and there are serious circumstances that I will face if I don’t find a job soon. Father, I trust you for that job to come soon. I’ll continue to trust you even if the job doesn’t come as soon I think it needs to come. People lose their homes and become homeless everyday. I am not special. I know this could happen to us. If I must go down this road, I trust that you will take care of TP and me. YOU WILL NOT FORSAKE US OR LEAVE US STRANDED! I KNOW IT! You have always taken care of us, and I thank you for it! Thank you Father for today. Thank you for your blessings today. I trust you for your blessings, protection, and provision for tomorrow.

    In Jesus’ precious name, I pray. Amen!

  24. LH October 3, 2015 at 7:45 am - Reply

    Dear Heavenly Father, in Jesus’ name, I pray for Jennifer Jones’ family.

    I know salvation, repentance, and relationship with you is a choice WE make. Although you love us, you give us choice. You don’t coerce us but can use our “crossroads” to help us see how much we need you in our lives and how much you want to be in our lives. We need only to submit and repent.

    Father, please be patient with Jennifer’s family. Use their crossroads for their salvation and your glory, bringing them into the right relationship with you.

    Thank you Father for your goodness, mercy, and grace.

    In Jesus’ name, I pray.


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