sending out little prayers for strangers you meet

@Hatley (159531)
Garden Grove, California
March 23, 2008 5:01pm CST
Do you ever send out a little prayer for some stranger you have passed in a shopping center for example? I often see strangers who look like they are worried or in pain and I send out alittle prayer to God to watch over them and help them and free them from pain. Sometimes it is a child with MS who is in a wheelchair and I send out a prayer that she will get better or a badly crippled older lady who seemsto have trouble walking I willsend out a prayer to God to help her. Am I being an idiot or is this something that others might do?
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@Pose123 (21671)
• Canada
24 Mar 08
Hi Hatlet, I certainly don't think you are being an idiot. You feel like you want to help someone and that is great. Since it done in silence you are not trying to attract any attention to yourself. Blessings.
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@Hatley (159531)
• Garden Grove, California
24 Mar 08
absolutely in private and in silence as i do not like being preached at and nor do others
@mansha (6301)
• India
24 Mar 08
I do that too, I believe that prayers do help in a little way. You are not crazy but a person with a very kind heart. God does listen and I think sometimes when something good happens to us and we say what did I ever do to desrve this in first place , Its that the prayer made for us by some stranger like you that has turned our cloudy day in to the one filled with bright sunshine.I wish we had more people like you on this earth.
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@Hatley (159531)
• Garden Grove, California
24 Mar 08
thanks mansha I also think that maybe somehow my little prayers might some way do a bit to help someone who looks like they need some tender loving care
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@mansha (6301)
• India
25 Mar 08
We all need that and so keep praying for all of us and I just hope God is listening to you.
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@Hatley (159531)
• Garden Grove, California
26 Mar 08
thanks so much mansha
@clowdine (1402)
• Philippines
24 Mar 08
No, it's definitely not making an idiot out of you. It's showing wisdom. It is a noble act. God will definitely be pleased if your heart's purpose is always the well being of others. You're doing the right thing.
@Hatley (159531)
• Garden Grove, California
24 Mar 08
I have had so much help in the last couple of years from God that I feel I have to pay back a little
@clowdine (1402)
• Philippines
24 Mar 08
I'm so proud of you my friend. Indeed, God does not need anything from us, nor He gets any favor from us when we pray. All he needs is our gratitude. It's good that you are grateful to God. He likes that attitude. Keep it up.
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@Hatley (159531)
• Garden Grove, California
25 Mar 08
I get a veryserene feeling when i send these little prayers out and that's so good.
• Singapore
24 Mar 08
I sometimes do, Patsie. Mostly when I read the papers and you know, there are tons of depressing news out there. I will just say things to the effect of "God bless you", "May things turn out alright for you" and the kind. You are not an idiot. Sending your positive thoughts will help them. It may not prevent an avalanche but sometimes it may previous that tiny rock from moving just that quarter inch that might just prevent that avalanche. A positive thought alone may not be worth much alone but everything adds up. Keeping radiating positivity!
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@Hatley (159531)
• Garden Grove, California
24 Mar 08
thanks lordwarwizard I am so glad others do this too. I feel that anything positive has to be a good start my husband was the one who started me thinking positive
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• Singapore
26 Mar 08
Then he is a good man. I am sure he is in a better place now. God bless.
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@Hatley (159531)
• Garden Grove, California
26 Mar 08
lordwarwizard I am sure he is too as sometimes when I am down or troubled I hear a sort of inner voice that sounds like his saying it will all come out in the wash. Now that was his standard reply to me when I was fretting about something.
@queenofarms (1665)
• United States
2 Apr 08
I always add a little prayer for strangers. I always ask God to help anyone that may be lost or in need of his helping hand.
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@Hatley (159531)
• Garden Grove, California
2 Apr 08
thanks I also do that all the time
• Indonesia
25 Mar 08
hmm, not only shopping center, I believe. mostly when I'm on the bus, I would make a silent prayer so everyone who have ever become the bus' passengers would be saved, would come home (to their family) safe too, and that the driver and the door guard would be blessed during the day. no, I don't think it's idiot thing to do, so you are not an idiot, but I would find that yeah, some people do it, some others might feel we are just wasting time by doing that. however, probably it wasn't us that wanted to pray for them, I think if GOD's Spirit had not put the empathy within us, how would we feel moved to make a silent prayer for those people? just think about this, we might not even the ones who prayed for any strangers, perhaps even some strangers prayed for us unknowingly, we just never know, right? how would you call those strangers who prayed for you? I would call them "the blessings". that's what I would call you too for being inside the list of "these blessings"
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@Hatley (159531)
• Garden Grove, California
25 Mar 08
bongkarpassang how insightful you are and yes I think I would call those prayersthat strangers might have prayed for me blessings that really fits. thanks so much.
@gemini_rose (16194)
24 Mar 08
I identify with what you are saying for definate, but I would not say I would send a prayer out for them specifically but I definately send my thoughts to them, and you are definately not an idiot, it is very sweet of you.
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@Hatley (159531)
• Garden Grove, California
25 Mar 08
thank you for saying that my thoughts go out to so many people I do not even know but see that they have some type of worry silently of course
@foxyfire33 (10017)
• United States
24 Mar 08
No you aren't being an idiot! It may not be everyone's cup of tea but there is nothing wrong with you sending out silent prayers for strangers. I tend to do the same thing...and especially for firefighters and the family when I hear of a house fire (we have a police scanner) and also for accident victims when I hear about one of them.
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@Hatley (159531)
• Garden Grove, California
25 Mar 08
good for you those guys deserve all our thanks and our prayers too
@chiyosan (29388)
• Philippines
24 Mar 08
Well, i have done this too many times too, i guess they could use a little prayer and i think it is not too bad to offer a big help through a little prayer. :D It is not being idiot of course. You are doing very well as someone who believes in the power of God.
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@Hatley (159531)
• Garden Grove, California
25 Mar 08
I agree because I do not think our silent prayers are ever wasted
@nokia6233 (937)
• India
24 Mar 08
Hey buddy....you are an angel.. its really a very nice and good thing you are doing....do keep up the good work even if some idiots criticize you.. i hope to follow your deeds and i wish others too soon follow soon....
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@Hatley (159531)
• Garden Grove, California
24 Mar 08
thanks so much I try to do good and to repay God for all that he has done for me
@ayou82 (3460)
• Philippines
24 Mar 08
Yes I do and If they really need a prayer.. I pray to thank god for giving me such a wonderful life and really guide me to have a better ones but as far as I know they are blessed ones those who duffer and have limited lifestyle they are the ones who are lucky for God himself is on their side.
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@Hatley (159531)
• Garden Grove, California
24 Mar 08
thanks i also pray to thank God for all he has done for me and I like to send out prayers to others who need help
@samsan (3)
• India
24 Mar 08
Yes Hatley I also do the same thing what you do. I have also had several experience of praying for those we pass by. It shows your real concern for them and your kind heartedness. My belief is that your this single line will be recognised and God hears us. Do continue to do this
@Hatley (159531)
• Garden Grove, California
24 Mar 08
Iwill continue as it makes me feel as if somehow I have helped someone even a tiny bit
• United States
24 Mar 08
I have done it on many occasions. That is doing what you are supposed to do.
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@Hatley (159531)
• Garden Grove, California
24 Mar 08
that is so true and I had not really thought about that but I always felt that it just came naturally to me to do this.
@AmbiePam (46228)
• United States
24 Mar 08
I do it too. Or I'm watching the news about a terrible situation and I just start praying for them. I'm not even thinking what will come of it, I just think that that may be all I can do, so why not do it.
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@Hatley (159531)
• Garden Grove, California
24 Mar 08
that is the exact feeling that I get thanks for sharing
@roniroxas (10576)
• Philippines
24 Mar 08
if you are an idiot thenthat makes us two. if saying a little prayer for someone who we thin needs it is wrong then i dont know what is right already. i also light a candle and pray if someone is sick whether he is a relative or not. some of the mylot members are asking for prayers and i do help in my own little way by saying a little prayer and lighting a candle for a speedy recovery
@Hatley (159531)
• Garden Grove, California
24 Mar 08
I am so glad that others do this too I think it helps in some small way too
@Feona1962 (7529)
• United States
24 Mar 08
I do this too! Even in my nightly prayers I will ask God to watch over those I don't know...It makes me feel good that I did this..I just wish everyone was healthy and free from their troubles and pains from life...
@Hatley (159531)
• Garden Grove, California
24 Mar 08
thanks I try to do this each day I am out and around it just makes me feel better
@nova1945 (1614)
• United States
23 Mar 08
Well God bless you. I don't think enough people do these things and you are so very empathetic to take the time to even notice others around you. I must confess that I,too, often am so busy with my own trivial thoughts that I don't do this. I vow to be more attentive from now on. I feel ashamed of myself. Thank you for making me stop and think. Happy Easter.
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@Hatley (159531)
• Garden Grove, California
23 Mar 08
nova thank you for a positive post its so easy when you post anything that even looks like it is about religion you get some people ruffled.