June 15, 2022
Prayer: Lord, forgive me for the inconsistencies in my life. Open my eyes to my need to put feet on my prayers, then push me to act. Thank you for the Holy Spirit’s prodding. In the name of our example, Jesus, Amen
Scripture: Suppose a brother or sister is without clothes and daily food. If one of you says to him, “Go, I wish you well, keep warm and well fed,” but does nothing about his physical needs, what good is it? James 2:15, 16 NIV
Recently I heard a pastor pray that our friendships and care for others would grow. What a beautiful thought! However, I was extremely irritated. Why did this bother me? The more I considered his words, the more upset I became. What caused me this anxiety? The pastor! I was visiting a very small congregation for a special occasion. Obviously, I was a visitor, yet he had walked past me three times without even speaking.
While silently muttering my negative thoughts to God, I suddenly heard His voice interrupting my thoughts. “What about your prayers?” Cringing within, I recalled a prayer of comfort for an acquaintance. I had sent her a card, but shouldn’t I have done more to meet her needs at the time?
You probably pray for a fellow teacher who has lost lots of sleep with a sick loved one. Maybe you could have volunteered to do her bus duty. Have you prayed for a specific student to grasp a difficult concept? Are you willing to spend a few minutes of your free time to help that student?
Our actions need to be consistent with our prayers. Are we practicing what we pray?
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