"When you enter a house, first say, 'Peace to this house'."
Praying for others is essential. In fact, the Bible states plainly that we must pray first before we act. But there are times there are tangible needs that can be tended to for those we meet each day. That need could be a drive to work or the doctors office, cooking a meal, housecleaning help, or a financial gift. It could be helping a friend cover all the bases when she is overwhelmed due to a personal catastrophe. It might be donating some sick days to a fellow employee in need.
I know its tough to reach out most days. Our own lives are inundated with so many things to do that we can barely keep up ourselves. But, when we reach out to those in need, God does bless us abundantly. Luke tells us that when Jesus appointed a two-man team to go into the towns where he later planned to teach and preach, he instructed them in etiquette and told them to do four things: to pray, to bless, to heal, and to say, "The kingdom of God is near." (Luke 10:11)
By praying we are helping to fill the cracks of other's lives. After we pray we can extend our prayers through acts of caring that will help others see Christ in us and perhaps draw them closer to God.
We can do this in many ways. If your local economy has been hit hard during the recent depression and you've noted many businesses checking out, why not make it an option to shop locally? What good will it do if you just pray for those merchants feeling depressed and sad when they go?
I recently began stepping out getting to know many local businesses. I found that the service is more intimate when they know a neighbor is calling. As a matter of fact, last year I needed two new back tires for my SUV. I went all over looking for the best deal. To be honest, most of the best deals came from large conglomeration facilities. By chance, I happened to stop in at a local tire dealer. You can imagine my surprise when he agreed to match those prices plus reset all my beads for FREE! I now frequent him each time there is a problem or a need for new tires.
You can do more than pray. Open up your heart for opportunities. Let those feelings of unrest settle. Allow God to step in and help you with this person.