When I joined a small group at the Feast just two weeks ago, I had one prayer – to learn how to pray for others. For the past four years of struggling in my career, I've been too focused on myself, on my dreams, and on my success that I often forget that the world doesn't revolve around me.
When you pray for others, something happens to them and for them. I really don't know how, but praying for others work. Whether it is for their healing or for the healing of their loved ones, for the fulfillment of their dreams, or even for inner peace and renewal, it really works.
Something also happens to you. You realize that you don't have a monopoly on problems. Other people have problems as well. You learn how to be selfless. You learn how to genuinely care about the needs and concerns of others, not just yours. You learn to be grateful for all your blessings. You also grow in humility thinking that other people as just as important as yourself.
Most importantly, you grow in love – for others and for yourself.
Maybe this week, you can take even just a minute of your time everyday to pray for the needs of others.
Do nothing from selfishness or empty conceit, but with humility of mind regard one another as more important than yourselves; do not merely look out for your own personal interests, but also for the interests of others. – Philippians 2: 3-4
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