Praying for Others

Galatians 6:7-10

Do not be deceived; God is not mocked, for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap.  For he who sows to his own flesh will from the flesh reap corruption; but he who sows to the Spirit will from the Spirit reap eternal life.  And let us not grow weary in well-doing, for in due season we shall reap, if we do not lose heart.  So then, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all men, and especially to those who are of the household of faith. 

Thought for the Day:  Pray for others before we pray for ourselves

Two weeks ago, I wrote about a friend of mine who is one of the most adventurous and wonderful mothers I know.  My friend, Amy, took off in a car pulling a camper to take her three boys on a trip to see the United States.  So far they have visited the Petrified Forest, Painted Desert, Mesa Verde, Las Vegas, Hoover Dam, Lake Mead, The Grand Canyon, Death Valley at 129 degrees, and now they are in California.  What a great experience she has given those boys and wonderful memories for them to take through their lifetime!  Today, my reaction to her status on Facebook was, “They are now as far as they will be from home.”  Through these experiences, they have also had the hardships.  They have had car trouble, they have been rear-ended by an older gentleman (light damage), they have lived the last few days with way over 100 degree temperatures, and they are getting tired.  As I wrote over two weeks ago when their trip began, I admire my sweet friend for this gift she has given her boys and for the journey she has taken so many through her Facebook status.  I also asked for prayers for Amy and for her sweet boys.

Today’s Upper Room Devotional touched me in a special way because it is about a special way to reduce stress when we are feeling rushed or in a hurry.  The writer shared that during a very stressful day of errands, she was frustrated that she had to wait for someone in a store to pull an order.  As she waited, she began feeling overwhelmed thinking about her to-do list.  Then, she changed her thoughts and began praying for those in line behind her and for those walking around in the store.  As she prayed, she found herself feeling less stress and was okay when the store clerk came and told her she could not find her order.  With that peaceful feeling, she was able to accomplish the rest of her to-do list with little or no anxiety and stress.  Today, I am going to spend my time praying for those I observe along the way instead of stressing over the little things.  Today, I am going to say a lot of prayers for my friend, Amy, as she continues her trek across the country with those boys.

Prayer:  Father God, thank you for taking our stress and anxiety away as we pray.  Help us remember to pray for others before we pray for ourselves today.  Be with all of those traveling and with all who are going through their regular, normal routine.  Thank you.  Amen.

Prayer Focus:  Those Praying for Others

http://devotional.upperroom.org/devotionals/2016-07-23

 

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