Friday Five Focus & Prayer April 16 2021

Little Answers
Pastor Nate
 

It is very good to pray for big things like healings, restored marriages, breakthroughs from addiction, and for many other things that God absolutely can and wants to do to show his goodness and grace to people. Though we don’t always get the answers we want to these big prayers, we celebrate the fruit that we see, and we thank God for working on our hearts and minds in these situations, too. Yet there is another type of prayer that we can practice, too. Small prayers, about the little events of our day. Don’t misunderstand, all prayer that God answers is miraculous and we can be overjoyed and awe-struck by anything God does, but these “little” prayers are so important in helping us learn to reach out and bless others and invite them to follow Him.

I was reminded this morning as I prayed with several other pastors about the importance of praying about our interactions with others throughout the day. Praying for opportunities to share the gospel, praying for people who share little stories from their lives with us, and so on. This afternoon I was praying and walking in town when I had an answer to prayer. I was praying for our congregation when sure enough I saw someone that I hadn’t seen in a while. I was able to talk about simple things and a few deeper things with them, too. I thank God for this opportunity, and I see it as a direct answer to prayer. While some may write it off as mere coincidence, I would not be so quick to do so. As the great poet Alfred Lord Tennyson once wrote “more things are wrought by prayer than this world dreams of.”

God is surprisingly interested in the little parts of our day—meals, walks, “chance” meetings, and so on. As we’ll talk about on Sunday in the message, it’s the little parts of our day that change the shape of our life over time. Over all the little parts of your day today, pray with the Psalmist: “Teach me your way, LORD, that I may rely on your faithfulness; give me an undivided heart, that I may fear your name.” (86:11).
 
PRAYER FOCUS:
Jonaton Argueta
Dear Heavenly Father, we want to remember our Arms of Jesus child, Jonaton in prayer.  Jonaton and his family have been through a difficult season, including the death of his grandfather, and limited work for his mother, thank you for being with them through this time.  Thank you that you have brought this child and his family into your arms through the ministry.  Thank you for your provision and care for them.  We ask for continued protection and provision for them.  Lord continue to minister to them, drawing them to yourself through the love and care they receive through the mission. Thank you for the work that is being done and we thankyou for your faithfulness.  In your name we pray, Amen.
 
THE ARMS of JESUS UPDATE:
 

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