Writing a letter of encouragement can be frustrating when we aren’t sure what to say, and we don’t have the time. It’s much easier to type out a quick text: “You’re in my thoughts, I’m praying for you.” Insert emoji. Press send. Done. We’ve fulfilled Romans 12:15,
Rejoice with them that do rejoice, and weep with them that weep.
Or have we? As believers who are thoughtful and love the Lord, we need to balance our desire to encourage and shine like a light when we are busy chasing little ones, working, cooking, and cleaning.
It can be a challenge to find the right words and time. That’s why we are sharing a practical 5-step formula for how to write a letter of encouragement:
- Remind the person that you are praying.
- Share why you are praying.
- Share what you said when you were praying and what you asked God to do.
- Share what is worthy of thanks.
- End your letter with a sentence asking for a connection.
These five steps will not be appropriate in every situation, but they should provide a clear framework for how to write a letter of encouragement. Nothing can replace the promptings of the Holy Spirit, and His Truth should be what we follow.
1) Remind the person that you are praying.
- This is a reminder that I’m praying for you!
- I can’t stop thinking about you, and I’m praying!
- Just a quick note to say that you are in my thoughts and I’m praying for you!
2) Share why you are praying.
- I’m praying for you because I was broken hearted when you shared…
- You’re being lifted up in prayer because I know you need strength at this time…
- I’m praying for you because I can’t imagine how difficult this trial is…
3) Share what you said when you were praying and what you asked God to do.
- I asked God to give you physical, mental and emotional strength…
- After reading Romans 8:26-28, I asked our Heavenly Father to give you His spirit, work good out of this situation and use this to make you more like Christ…
- My prayer was that (insert x, y, and z) would happen.
4) Share what is worthy of thanks.
1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 states:
Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you
We always want to be in God’s will so let’s find the fact that we can be thankful for.
- I’m thankful that you found a doctor that has experience with…
- I’m thankful that your mother can pick the kids up from school during the next few weeks…
- I’m thankful that insurance approved payment for…
- Let’s be thankful for the faithful love of the Lord, even now He is covering you under His wings
5) End your note with a sentence asking for a connection.
- You can call me anytime to talk. I’m available to listen and would love to pray out loud, together with you.
- If you need help with anything, please call me.
- Let me know if you see an answer to prayer. We can rejoice together.
- Have 20 minutes free next week? It would be nice to see you and have coffee together.
It’s always a good time to encourage a sister in Christ. Encouragement is necessary to walk joyfully with the King of Kings. Encouragement is necessary to remember that the King’s Heart is filled with love for us. Encouragement is necessary to keep us all on the straight + narrow path. We hope these easy step-by-step suggestions with sample sentences have been helpful.
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Now I want to hear from YOU! Was this post able to be a help and encouragement to you? I sure hope so! I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments down below!