Prayer Tip: The Power of a Servant

Posted Feb 9, 2020

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Daily Scripture

Luke 4:17-21 (NRSV)

He unrolled the scroll and found the place where it was written:

18 ‘The Spirit of the Lord is upon me,
   because he has anointed me
     to bring good news to the poor.
He has sent me to proclaim release to the captives
   and recovery of sight to the blind,
     to let the oppressed go free, 
19 to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.’

20And he rolled up the scroll, gave it back to the attendant, and sat down. The eyes of all in the synagogue were fixed on him. 21Then he began to say to them, ‘Today this scripture has been fulfilled in your hearing.’

Prayer Tip

Jesus said, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind; and your neighbor as yourself.” (Luke 10:27)

If we are honest, we all know that we hold some prejudice against someone. Maybe it’s political. Maybe it’s socio-economic, or racial, or cultural, or even age-related or influenced by some difference that angers us or most likely makes us afraid.

If you think you don’t harbor any prejudice at all, think a little harder. Have you ever referred to anyone as one of “those people?” Do you harbor a secret theory that the drivers of certain cars are jerks, or that people who fervently support a certain cause or lifestyle are unpleasant? Who makes you angry? Who makes you uncomfortable?

This week, ask God to show you your secret prejudices, the ones you may even have hidden from yourself. Then, when you have identified the person or people you have negative feelings about, pray for them. Put them right at the top of your prayer list. Ask God to bless them. Ask God to open your eyes so you can see them as Jesus does. Take a real risk and ask God to bring one single person who puts a face on your prejudice into your life so you can pray for them specifically and get to know them as a fellow child of God.

C.S. Lewis said, “I pray because I can't help myself. I pray because I'm helpless. I pray because the need flows out of me all the time- waking and sleeping. It doesn't change God- it changes me.” While we are praying for the people we struggle to love, God changes our heart and helps us to see our neighbors the way God sees them, as special and worthy of love and grace.

 – Jennifer Creager, Resurrection Prayer Ministry

Family Activity

Giving your child ongoing opportunities for dialogue, learning, and action around issues of race, class, and social justice will help them to become a socially conscious citizen. Practice recognizing and respecting multiple viewpoints day to day.

In your home, not everyone has the same favorite dinner, toy, or activity, or wants to watch the same movie. Recognize that this is ok! Practice peaceful conflict resolution when things don’t go your child’s way. Encourage positive dialogue with other children during school or play. Serve others as a family at one or more of Resurrection’s Serve Saturdays. Take part in church and community sponsored cultural events.

To help your child develop a global mindset, sponsor a Compassion child with whom they can exchange letters to learn about the world through another child’s eyes. Interactions with a wide range of people will teach your child that the world is an exciting place, rich with possibilities.

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Jennifer Creagar

Jennifer Creagar

Jennifer Creagar is the Financial Care Program Director in Congregational Care at Resurrection Leawood. She is married and loves spending time with her family, and she enjoys writing and photography.

Jesus said, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind; and your neighbor as yourself.” (Luke 10:27)

If we are honest, we all know that we hold some prejudice against someone. Maybe it’s political. Maybe it’s socio-economic, or racial, or cultural, or even age-related or influenced by some difference that angers us or most likely makes us afraid.

If you think you don’t harbor any prejudice at all, think a little harder. Have you ever referred to anyone as one of “those people?” Do you harbor a secret theory that the drivers of certain cars are jerks, or that people who fervently support a certain cause or lifestyle are unpleasant? Who makes you angry? Who makes you uncomfortable?

This week, ask God to show you your secret prejudices, the ones you may even have hidden from yourself. Then, when you have identified the person or people you have negative feelings about, pray for them. Put them right at the top of your prayer list. Ask God to bless them. Ask God to open your eyes so you can see them as Jesus does. Take a real risk and ask God to bring one single person who puts a face on your prejudice into your life so you can pray for them specifically and get to know them as a fellow child of God.

C.S. Lewis said, “I pray because I can't help myself. I pray because I'm helpless. I pray because the need flows out of me all the time- waking and sleeping. It doesn't change God- it changes me.” While we are praying for the people we struggle to love, God changes our heart and helps us to see our neighbors the way God sees them, as special and worthy of love and grace.

Looking for GPS Guide? Scroll to the top of this page and click the GPS Guide tab!

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