John was one of Jesus’ inner circle of disciples. From his experience with Jesus, he knew this promise to be true: “And this is the confidence that we have toward him, that if we ask anything according to his will he hears us” (1 John 5.14).
Grant to me, O Father, the ability to see infinite value and importance in everything that you have made.
Glenn Clark, the author of the suggested prayers we have been using, led a band of Christian leaders to travel the United States during World War II. The people in his group were national spiritual leaders, who paid their own expenses and took public transportation to each location. They waited on God until they were filled with his love. Then, they prayed for God’s love to be communicated into the midst of the conflict.. The way they measured the effectiveness of their prayers was by how few combatants on both sides lost their lives.
Clark and his group of spiritual leaders knew that all of God’s creation is valuable and important to him. As I consider the turmoil and hatred that is present in today’s world, I seek to have God’s love and to have the ability to see infinite value and importance in everything around me. Then, I pray God’s love into the many conflicts that abound today.
Please consider today’s suggested prayer in the atmosphere of the conflicts we encounter every day. Some of our conflicts are small irritations, while others are of world shaking importance. Ask God to give you the ability to see the world through his eyes.
Thanks for completing ten days of this prayer journey. We will begin week two with tomorrow’s post by returning to the first prayer promise and suggested prayer.
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