Chronicling My Amazing Spiritual Journey With God

Author: Chris Douglas (page 1 of 1)

Praying for Strangers

The other day as I was on the bus heading to work, I noticed a relatively young man walking down the street with a noticeable limp. It definitely didn’t look like a chronic issue considering that he was in considerable pain and looked like he had never experienced that sort of pain before.

Although I have no idea what he was dealing with, I right then and there said a small prayer to God praying for that man’s health. I wanted him to not only be able to manage the pain, but to be healed from that pain eventually, whatever he was ultimately ailing from. Surprisingly, it felt really good to give a prayer to a man that I may never meet in my life, but ultimately was in need of a blessing from God.

Too often in our lives, we only pray about things that are affecting us in our own lives, or the lives of people we love and care about. However, we are all human and all deserve God’s love, regardless of if that person is an person of faith or not.

Nowadays, I make it a habit to pray for people that I feel may be in need of God’s blessings, no matter what. It will either be right then and there when I witness the person suffering, assuming I have the time to pray right at that instance, or I will instead make a mental note and put them in my prayer in the evening before I go to bed. Either way, they are sure to receive a prayer from me for God to bless them in whatever troubles they may be experiencing in their lives, even if they are just strangers to me.

Also note that when we pray for strangers, we are not only asking God to bless them first and foremost, but we are also becoming closer to God as well. In a way, by praying for strangers in addition to for ourselves and for our loved ones, we are spending more time with God, which is what God ultimately wants.

So if you needed even more reason to pray for strangers, keep in mind that doing so brings you closer to God by leaving you talking to him longer. Take advantage of the opportunity by just thinking about everything you experienced that day and pray for anyone that you may have come across that may need a blessing from God.


I am an avid violin player. I started playing back in elementary school and have played in organized orchestras all the way through my college years. And I was pretty darn good if I do say so myself (which had better have been the case, considering how many years I had dedicated myself to the violin).

I still play the violin from time to time, although mostly in a smaller chamber music setting (think string quartets), playing with some friends and family members mostly for fun, although we do sometimes play for weddings and other events. And often times we get compliments from our audience at such events for our talents. However, rather than put all the praise upon myself, I make sure I keep in mind that my talents are all for and quite frankly only for glorifying God.

I know that I would not be as good of a violin player as I am without God’s blessings. I may have been the one practicing all of those long hours to get good at it, but it is God who gave me the willpower to spend all those long hours practicing and getting better at the violin. When I succeed, it is because God gave me the ability to succeed, which is why any praise and glory should go to God rather than me.

And although we are just talking about talents and special gifts that we may have, it ultimately comes down to the fact that everything we do is because of God. We wouldn’t be alive without Him, and we wouldn’t have all of the many blessings in life without His holy presence, which is why he is the one who deserves the praise and glory.

So when we do good things and achieve great feats, it is all because of God. We cannot and should not take any credit for being the messengers of God. Rather, we should just be thankful for God’s blessings in our lives and be thankful that we are being great and humble servants for our Lord and Savior.

No matter what sort of special talents you have in your life, keep in perspective how you have attained those talents and who is ultimately responsible for them. Always make sure that you praise God for when your talents take you to great heights and glorify His name for all of the world to know how truly awesome God is.