Maybe this morning you dutifully did your quiet time with God. This included reading your Bible or daily devotion book and finishing in prayer. What did you pray for? Do you have list you go through and add an “Amen” and you are done? Does your mind wander on your to do list as you try to focus on your prayers, so it just turns into a quick run down of the top five? It happens, you aren’t alone. I’m guilty of both of those things…frequently. And so I decided I needed to branch out.
The Bible tells us to pray. This is how we can communicate with God and He wants to hear from us. Sure, He already knows what we will say, but He wants us in relationship with Him. And in a relationship, you need to talk. It says in Matthew 21:22, “If you believe, you will receive whatever you ask for in prayer.” Obviously, we’re not expecting him to give us a million bucks, but He will answer our prayers in the way that best fulfills His plan. Here are two things that may help recharge your prayer time.
- Read between the lines. When a friend sends an email or you see a Facebook post, really read it. Look between the lines of what was written. See if there is something there that you can pray for. It could be a prayer for a praise, a need, something specific or something general. Consider it a privilege to be able to pray for someone. They don’t even have to know you are doing it.
- Listen to those around you. I know this sounds basic, but my kids actually helped me with this one. First, my two youngest were playing and I heard one say, “I’ll be your boyfriend”. Yikes! Boyfriends and girlfriends are long way off, but time flies by. I realized I needed to be praying for future boy/girlfriends for my kids. I need to pray that God is raising up other godly children for my kids to meet one day and have a relationship with. On the opposite end, I feel bad that there aren’t a lot of older kids in the neighborhood for my oldest to play with. A house a couple of doors down is for sale and so I decided to pray for a family with a son the same age to move in.
I know neither of these are life changing ideas. But, as a teacher, I know I have to say the same thing fifty different ways until the content gets through. So, I hope maybe it helps you as you think about your prayer time.
There are prayer needs all around us. We just need to look for opportunities to recognize them and then take action and pray. If we just open our eyes we can easily come up with a whole host of things to pray for. So, I encourage you to look around and see what you can pray for. Put your regular list to the side for a day and read between the lines and listen. There is a world of hurt and a world of things to praise out there. God is just waiting to hear from you!
The alarm went off at 5:00am. I snoozed until 5:08am, rolled over and knew I had to get up. Already feeling behind, I raced to find work clothes (Why didn’t I pick something out last night?), poked in my contacts, splashed some water on my face, and twirled my hair up. I grabbed my phone from the bed stand and thought “I’ll just skip my quiet time and prayers this morning.”. (Yup, I’m PK’s wife and I thought that.) Then I stopped. No, I’ll just read a verse from my devotional thingy and go.
And boom, God puts Romans 12:12 in my lap. “Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.” Immediately humbled, I turn to the whole chapter and begin reading at the heading. It’s about love in action, spiritual zeal, and blessing others. I’ve written about those things here before. It is good stuff. And so I prayed.
The things listed above are the things that get pushed to the back when there is laundry to do, lunches to pack, bills to check on, and so on all before 6:30am. Why do I let that junk come in first? I’m human, you’re human, it’s stuff we have to do. But, my day goes a lot better when I put Jesus as the first thing and not that other stuff. Otherwise the whole day becomes consumed with worldly things and I’ll forget that I’m here on earth to tell the Good News and my life should reflect that.
So if you are in a pinch, don’t scrimp. Take a moment and put Jesus first in your day and allow the words He puts before you to keep you on track for the rest of your day. It will make a difference in your day and therefore will impact the days of everyone around you. Have a good one.
As a children’s teacher, you need to remember that it is not always about the coolest or most expensive craft. It is about what is going to stick with the kids. And kids still have awesome imaginations. What kid doesn’t want their own smartphone? Today, you can deliver that!
Based on Romans 8:28 which says, “In all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose” one word jumped out at me. Called. God is calling us, you, me! We need to answer and listen to what He says! Right before this verse, it talks about prayer. Let the kids know that prayer is our hotline to God.
For this craft you will need:
- one phone cover per child Romans 8 28
- one colored back (use the cover as a template)
- one cereal box phone (use cover as template)
- crayons, glue
- something to cover the table
Cut out the templates, then use one to cut out colored backs for phone covers. You can use a cereal, mac-n-cheese, or cake box to make a sturdy holder for your phone. Have the kids color their phone and be creative with it. Then glue the front and back to the piece of cardboard.
Now they are ready to make and receive calls from God! Or each other because you know they will want to!