Raise Your Prayer Sights – Bless That Bozo?
Key Bible Verse: And so we keep on praying for you, that our God will make you worthy of the life to which he called you. – 2 Thessalonians 1:11
Bonus Reading: Colossians 1:9-12
I became close with five guys in a Bible study on our campus. But one evening a 6’5″ football player burst into our quiet gathering, extended his hand in all directions, and bellowed out his name. Big Wally was joining our group. During the weeks that followed, I listened resentfully to this primitive extrovert boom out his airhead religious views. Wally had ruined our tranquil, reflective atmosphere.
Fortunately, our study leader altered how we opened our sharing time. He asked us to pray silently for each group member, thinking of their needs and claiming God’s assistance in their lives. I prayed for the person on my right and left and then came to Wally, sitting across from me. I tried to pray about the biology test he was facing and the girlfriend who’d dumped him.
That simple act jolted me awake. I just couldn’t think of Wally in the same way. He required my help, and I needed his. I began to see things I admired in this guy. The more we prayed together, the more I came to like Wally, until one evening I found myself jumping on a sofa with him, wildly celebrating an answer to prayer. His raw enthusiasm had become infectious rather than offensive.
—Steven Mosley in Secrets of the Mustard Seed
My Response: Starting today, I’ll pray for _____, who rubs me the wrong way.
Adapted from Secrets of the Mustard Seed (Nav Press, 2002)
Prayer for the Week: Lift my prayer horizons, Lord, above my own welfare to the expansion of Your kingdom.