Sunday, September 2, 2012

Pray for Haley

Most of the time things do not stick in the old gray matter as long as something has which I saw back during the summer months.  Returning from our summer beach trip to the Gulf, we went through Moultrie, Ga.  On the outskirts of the town I saw this sign stuck in someone's front yard which read,  "Pray for Haley."   As we drove through the area, I saw many of the same signs calling people to pray for Haley.  I wondered about Haley.  Obviously, it was someone in need.  Was Haley a child, or a young person, or someone struggling to get through middle age?  Had there been an accident?  Or, was there a life threatening illness?  I wondered, but still I had no way of knowing what was going on with Haley.
The only thing I could do was to do what the sign requested.  I prayed for Haley.  I called her name before the Father silently as I drove through Moultrie.  I am not sure exactly what moved me to do this as there have been other signs in other places.  Since then, I have thought of her often and called her name in my prayers.  I had no idea then, nor I do know now, what is going on in this life, but for some reason, I found myself compelled to pray. 
The truth is we do not have to know all the circumstances of someone's life in order to pray for them.  We may think knowing will help us to pray more specifically for someone and such may be the case.  But, actually, whether we know or not is irrelevant.  The Father in heaven knows what is happening. He knows why someone is in need of the prayers of others.  And, He will respond to our prayers of faith which are offered in behalf of some unknown person even if we have not a single clue about their predicament.  I have prayed often for this unknown Haley during these recent months.  I invite you to join me in doing what the sign said, "Pray for Haley."