Friday, July 10, 2009

What A Difference A Prayer Makes

Does prayer have any real impact on our world? Or is it merely a private conversation with God? Philip Yancey in Our Daily Bread tells the story about a New Jersey couple who learned that a man had been released from prison and moved into their area. They were concerned, so they started praying for him. Then they felt God calling them to pay him a visit, then another. Soon their weekly visits turned into opening their home to a weekly breakfast for ex-offenders like him.

Now, 22 years later, the area’s most despised men have one place to go where they are welcomed and treated respectfully. What began as a concern turned into a ministry that put into practice the words of Jesus who said, “Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you.” (Matthew 5:44)

Who has God placed on your path that you may view as undesirable, disagreeable, even dangerous? Respond to Jesus’ command to pray for them, and then don’t be surprised if he calls you to become part of the answer to that prayer.

Daily Prayer Focus

July 11 Pastors
July 12 Sunday School Teachers
July 13 Persecuted Christians
July 14 United Methodist Men
July 15 Children’s Programs
July 16 Local Government
July 17 Prison Ministry
July 18 Contemporary Service

by Marian Monk

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