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August 28, 2017

August 28, 2017

Welcome to a terrific journey of seeking God together through devotional readings, meditation, and prayers. Beginning today, you will be receiving daily devotionals written by representatives of the following Sunday School Departments: Preschoolers, Children Youth, College, and Adults. May each inspire and help prepare us for the Lay Led Revival on September 22-24.

Enjoy your journey!

Richard Tedder, FBC Deacon and Lay Renewal Spiritual Growth Group Chairperson

 

Day 1:  Preschoolers 

 James 5:16  …pray for one another…

 “Is anyone among you suffering?  Let him pray.  Is anyone cheerful?  Let him sing praise.  Is anyone among you sick?  Let him call for the elders of the church, and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord.  And the prayer of faith will save the one who is sick, and the Lord will raise him up.  And if he has committed sins, he will be forgiven.  Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, that you may be healed.  The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working” (James 5:16 ESV).

Can you pray like a preschooler?  To be sure, there are requirements like simplicity, pondering what’s heard, and saying what you think.

When our FBC preschoolers were asked what they want you to know about prayer and praying for one another, they were quick and clear on their replies.  Listen to these precious words of encouragement from their hearts to yours.  “Talk to God about why Jesus died.”  “Pray that people will be like disciples and give food and money.”  “Thank Jesus for dying.”  “Say thank you to God for parents.”  “Close your eyes and hands and shut out noises.”  “Pray when you are hurt.”  “I like that my Momma prays for me.”  “Pray for people that are hurt or in the hospital or just need God.”

A recent Sunday School lesson included the story about Abraham being a friend of God.  We chatted about how, like any friend, God misses us when we don’t talk to him.  Seeing this friendship in a genuine way, one boy ended his prayer that day with…”see you later God!”

Who doesn’t need a close friend and confidant?  Praying for one another and listening for guidance will nurture your friendship with God.  A friendship that will open your heart and make you want to sing his praises!

Prayer:

“Lord, thank you for tender hearts and unfettered understanding, for fresh young eyes and ears that are getting to know you with such clarity.  Help me to have that same clear openness with You.  I pray for quiet eyes, hands, and mind so that I can be still and hear what you want to tell me.  Guide me to share and give and help as it pleases you.  Thank you for sending your Son so that I am forgiven.  Thank you for my family and for friends.  I love you, see you later God!” Amen.