I saw a facebook post of a friend recently that said we are not forgotten. When a friend sees a mug we gave them, they think of us, a picture they see, they think of us, a joke they hear, they think of us, and smile, or chuckle at the memory...
And I thought, yes, I do that too. I have a bowl that reminds me of someone, a wall-hanging, a plant, a necklace, etc, and these things remind me of the one who gave them. And I think about them, for a moment....
Then I thought, we should take that further... we should pray for that person in the moment! Yes, we should. Think of that item as a reminder from the Lord to pray for that person.
I have things from people I remember fondly. But I also am reminded of people who have hurt me. Yes, I have a bowl from someone who hurt me, and I use it often. I should pray for them.
Nothing is for nothing. That gift from someone or to someone. God uses it all. I cannot make roast potatoes without thinking of a certain someone who hurt me big time, but now, I can use those memories to pray for her.
It is after all a perfect opportunity to give God all the glory. Glory to Him for that person, for friendship, for the ability to love them or forgive them, for good memories... for whatever it means to you, give Him the glory.
1 Corinth 1 vs 4: I give thanks to my God always for you because of the grace of God that was given you in Christ Jesus.
1 Thess 5 vs 11: Therefore encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing.
Eph 6 vs 18: Praying at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication. To that end keep alert with all perseverance, making supplication for all the saints.
Matt 5 vs 44: But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you.
Next time you pick up that something that someone gave you, pray for them. God hears us (1 John 5 vs 14: And this is the confidence that we have toward Him, that if we ask anything according to His will He hears us). It'll impact them without you even knowing it, and, it will impact you too, for God's glory! Sow seeds of prayer, reap seeds of prayer!