I do my best to pray intentionally throughout the day for these people. I’d like to do so every hour, but that just doesn’t happen.
At any given time there are one or two people on the list whom I do not know. Usually their situation is very complicated and fraught with complex family dynamics, and with as many conflicting opinions as there are people involved. And yet, there is something pure and easy about my prayer in these situations. I don’t have to rid my mind of judgments about what everyone “should” do, and my emotions and needs aren’t crying out for attention. All I want is God’s highest good and love to surround everyone. And so that is what I pray.