It's been a good time for concerts in Arkansas recently. My weekends have been full of concerts, not that I'm complaining. It's been good to see different groups and artists who I don't get a chance to see very often.
Standing by the product table, you can't help but hear others' conversations with group members. I see the same on Facebook, Twitter and other social media outlets. As the song says, everybody is going through something. We flood artists with stories of hurting, sickness and prayer requests. It's important that we pray for each other. The Bible is full of verses on prayer, praying for each other and how prayer can change situation. It always makes us feel better when more people are praying for our circumstances. And I'm sure the artists are glad to pray for you.
But are we praying for the artists in the same way? When they take the stage, we often have no idea what they are going through. We don't know if the bus had trouble the night before, a family member was diagnosed with cancer or if they are fighting illness themselves. It might be day 14 of a 15-day tour, and they are missing family or their kid at home is sick and there's nothing they can do about it five states away. They take the stage day after day, minister and do what they have been called to do, but they are people just like we are. They have the same struggles that we have. They all have a special calling on their lives, but God doesn't spare them from hurt or pain any more than He does us.
I know that I'm guilty of not praying for them like I should. It seems that we are all quick to jump in during major crises, bus accidents and serious illnesses, but do we approach Heaven on their behalf regularly? We should pray not only for their safety, but their health, God's provision in their ministry and that God will use them for His glory and to further His kingdom.
I'm not saying that you shouldn't give your favorite singers your prayer requests anymore. I was just reminded this weekend of how we have no idea what they could be going through and how much they need us to pray for them. Just a friendly reminder to you as well, because I know I was convicted about it.