For the past nine years, I’ve worked for a financial advisor during the day and pursued writing during my “free time.” But by the grace of God, that all changes on Monday. No longer will I have to split my time and attention between my day job and my dream job. Instead, I’ll be transitioning my position with Priority from an “on the side” role to an “all the time” role! Today is my last day in the finance industry.
This change is the result of many years and much prayer, so I couldn’t be more ecstatic about getting to work more closely with Laurie and the other fabulous ladies at Priority. However, as excited as I am about saying hello to this new opportunity, I was unprepared for how I’d feel about saying goodbye to my current position.
I became aware of my feelings when I called one of our clients a few weeks ago to set up one last appointment before I left. She and her husband became our clients just before her husband passed away last year, so we’ve grown close as she’s navigated her first year as a widow. I teared up when I told her my news, and she became emotional too. But then she did something I wasn’t expecting – she asked if she could pray for me.
Of course I said yes, so right there over the phone, my sweet client prayed for me. She prayed that my transition would be a smooth one. She prayed for me to be authentic and effective in my endeavors. She prayed that my coworkers would easily find someone to replace me in my current position. And she even prayed for my family.
I hung up the phone feeling spiritually higher than if I’d spent the whole day at a church conference. I felt truly blessed.
My client’s prayer reminded me of the importance of immediate prayer. We all know that we’re supposed to pray for our friends. When one is sick, we pray. When one is unemployed, we pray. When one is infertile, we pray. But how often do we pray right then? Immediately. Before we walk away. Before we forget. Before our friend even has a chance to express her need for prayer.
Ah, friends. That is powerful. The next time a friend tells you about a need in her life, don’t wait for her to ask you to pray for her. Take the initiative. Ask if you can pray for her right then and then do it!
So today, I ask you – how can I pray for you right now? Put your need in the comments, as brief or as detailed as you like, and let’s pray for each other right away.