Name on a Bottle

Isaiah 43:1

But now thus says the Lord, who created you, O Jacob, he who formed you, O Israel; “Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name, you are mine.”

Thought for the Day:  When the names of people come to your mind, pray.

I have recently added a new routine to my prayer time that is unusual but has been a positive in my daily life. As a teacher going through a daily routine, a time comes when I have a drink from the Coke machine at school. Some time ago bottled drinks began having various names appear on them each day and at first I was irritated in seeing them. I found myself looking for the names of my children and husband, but if I didn’t get one of those names I didn’t think much about it. Over the past few months, I have taken that a different direction and it brings a new joy as I think of people whose names are on the drink and I say a quick prayer for them. Anthony was our high school quarterback who went on to play college and professional football. Elizabeth is a precious friend who at any point in a day will drop what she is doing to help people.   Meg is a dear friend who has cared for my child and once in awhile I will hear him say, “Can Meg watch me?”. This list goes one and on. Once in a while I will take a picture and send it to that friend stating that I have prayed for them. That “irritation” became a “blessing” when I realized that I could pray for people in a moment. I can pray for people who are brought to my mind years after my last thought of them. Today, I look for new ways to find names of people to pray for.

God knows us by name and has made each of us special in our own way. As I think of these names and say prayers for them, I remember that God is always with each of these special people and knows them by name and knows everything about them. There was an evening after my husband’s mother passed away that we passed a church near us and on the church sign it said, “We’re praying for you, Mark”. We passed the sign and both said at the same time, “Did you see that!”. We felt a blessing in that moment. Today, as I get that named drink, I want to not only pray for that person but I want to somehow let them know that I have prayed for them and that God is with them.

Prayer:   God, thank you for daily reminders to pray for special people in our lives.   You know us all and know our needs. Please help me remember people today who need you and help me know how to pray for them.   Amen

Prayer Focus: FINDING NEW WAYS TO PRAY

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