1. Give a Sincere Compliment
2. Pray for Them
It's easy to say that you will pray for someone. If you're able to see a person’s need, and to pray for them, it's very encouraging to report that you have done so. To say “I will pray for you” is good, but to say “I have prayed for you” and then to ask a question for an update for continued prayer is much better.
3. Share With Them
Our work environment has a coffee machine and microwave. People need to bring in their own coffee or tea. While you don’t need to carry around your own tea chest, it is thoughtful and easy to have a few extra bags of tea or coffee pods and to offer to make a cup for a busy coworker or friend. This is especially true if the person is clearly having a hard day. Bringing an extra apple or cookie to work is so easy yet can be a blessing.
4. Say What You Like About Them
Think of a couple of things that you like about them and simply tell them. Again, post-it note, card or in person, words like this build a person up. Whether the person is funny, organized, easy-going or dependable, it is always encouraging to be appreciated. If the Lord tells us to encourage and build up one another, it is important to do so. The Lord will give you a few ideas if you ask Him to help you do so today. The blessing, in actuality, will be all yours.
5. Ask God for a Simple Word of Encouragement
Sometimes we think that a prophetic word must be long and profound to be worthwhile. Yet the truth is sometimes a person would be encouraged by a simple truth. It is important to not be trite and quick with a short word of encouragement because some verses are so used that they can lose their effectiveness.
Delivering a simple word with sincerity
and intention can be powerful.
For example, a person may be blessed to be reminded that God loves them, is very concerned about what they are going through, and is acting on their behalf, even if it does not presently seem evident. Or simply that He loves them and will never forsake them. These words can be written on post-it notes, in sweet cards or be delivered verbally in person.
6. Remind Them What God Has Already Done
When we are overwhelmed, we tend to see that mountains ahead of us and forget the mountains that we have already overcome behind us. Help the person to see how far they have come and how faithful God has been to them.
7. Take a Moment to Pray With Them
Take a moment to offer a brief prayer for someone who clearly has the need. If he or she shares about a sick child, simply ask if you could say a quick prayer for their child. The prayer can be very short. “Dear Jesus, Please give Mariah peace. We ask that you heal her body and give her mother strength and hope. In Jesus’ Name, Amen,” or however the Holy Spirit leads. Then continue to pray for their family.