June 29, 2014

Written by Jerry Carlisle. Posted in Pastor's Blog

It’s been a wonderful week of Vacation Bible School!  Thank the Lord for dedicated workers, loving families who bring their children, and faithful followers of Jesus who invite boys and girls from their neighborhood. We are grateful!

Of all the experiences that comprise Vacation Bible School, my favorite is when the children pray. Their conversations with our Father in Heaven are not only precious, they are often profound and life-changing!

This week, some children prayed to receive Jesus as Savior and Lord.  Other children recommitted their lives to Christ. Without a doubt, there were children who prayed for their families, and for friends who don’t know Christ. Throughout the week, the boys and girls were encouraged to pray for the Hulu people, the group our church seeks to engage with God’s Good News.

Many of the children will continue to pray. Using a version written specifically for children, they will join Christians around the world in the “30 Days of Prayer for the Muslim World” emphasis, June 28-July 27. You can pick up your copy today at the church (while supplies last) or access for more information.

 Why pray for Muslims?  Nell Green, who seeks to reach Muslims for Christ, shares “Ten Reasons Why I Pray During Ramadan”:

1.  I love my Muslim friends and neighbors. I want God’s best for them.

2.  I learn from my Muslim friends and neighbors. I learn the value of community, the value of fasting, the value of regularly coming aside in the middle of a crazy world to pray, and so much more.

3.  During this time of Ramadan, my Muslim friends are seeking God and desire for God to meet them as they pray.

4.  During the month of Ramadan I am able to focus my prayers particularly for people in those Muslim countries that are suffering.

5.  I sense a stronger connection to my Muslim friends and neighbors; God changes me as I pray for them.

6.  I am more sensitive to the people who are around me, particularly when I see someone who appears to be Muslim.

7.  Through various guides for my prayers, I learn more about the many different peoples; God nudges my heart to pray for them with insight and sincerity.

8.  I become more sensitive to ways I might be stereotyping people who are sometimes marginalized in our society.

9.  I am drawn to a closer walk with God because of my heightened awareness.

10.  God calls us to love our neighbor as ourselves. I know of no better way to love someone than to pray. And then, if possible, I hope to be the one who expresses God’s love by word and deed.

Let’s pray for the Lord to work in us and through us,