I sang the song below at church the Sunday morning before we were scheduled to leave for Guatemala. That very same Sunday I would later receive the call and news of my brother's accident and death.
Although the easiest and most desirable prayers to ask for humanly would always be those of health, protection, excitement, happiness..... that is not how I asked the family of my church to pray for me that morning.
And little did I know how God was going to begin to answer the requests of this prayer for my own heart...
I have listened to the words many times since. Yes, sometimes the tears flow when I think of what all has transpired since the day that I invited others to pray these words for me.
I have wondered if I would now change the way I ask people to pray for me?
Although the answers aren't always easy, I believe and know that they are making me who He needs me to be for His glory.
And so my request remains...
Would you pray this for me?
By Kendall Payne
"I will pray for you now, for you have been my faithful friends
While the road we walk is difficult indeed
I could not ask for more than what you've already been
Only that you would say these prayers for me
May your heart break enough that compassion enters in
May your strength all be spent upon the weak
All the castles and crowns you build and place upon your head
May they all fall, come crashing down around your feet
May you find every step to be harder than the last
So your character grows greater each stride
May your company be of humble insignificance
May your weakness be your only source of pride
What you do unto others may it all be done to you
May you meet the One who made us
And see Him smile when life is through
May your blessings be many but not what you hoped they'd be
And when you look upon the broken
May mercy show you what you could not see
May you never be sure of any plans you desire
But you'd learn to trust the plan He has for you
May your passions be tried and tested in the holy fire
May you fight with all your life for what is true
I have prayed for you now all of my dear and faithful friends
But what I wish is more than I could ever speak
As the way wanders on I'll long to see you once again
Until then, would you say these prayers for me?
Oh, that you would pray for me"