Prayer for Thursday Morning...

My youngest son Max is a treasure. He is eleven. He is cute, funny, kind, loving, charming and challenged. Max is on the Autism Spectrum. There are many things he does well and there are some things that are more difficult. He learned to read when he was 4, loves it, and has excelled in that subject. However, in 4th grade Max faced a challenge when asked to infer what a writer’s intent or purpose was. He struggles with questions asking him to guess what a character might be thinking or feeling. He needs and prefers things to be spelled out – he wants to see them in black and white. He has a difficult time reading between the lines.

There are some days I have a difficult time reading between the lines. I walk through my day seeing only what is in front of me, only what is in black and white. I move throughout my day trying to accomplish what I think is most important. I become frustrated by interruptions and paths that take me off my course. I miss God’s voice saying ‘slow down, look over here … I have something good for you to hear … to see … to taste.’ I miss God’s voice saying, ‘I want you to be my hands and feet. I want you to speak words of love.’

My prayer for today is that we read between the lines. I am confident that the teachers are well prepared but God has more in store for you than what the speakers will say. Look for the good things God has put before you. There is more for you to see than the videos, power point presentations & the hand-outs you’ll receive.
Look for ways to be his hands, his feet and his voice. God may have led you to a particular session not just for you could learn but so He could work through you. Ask for eyes to see those who need a kind word, a smile, a touch.

Now all glory to God, who is able, through His mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think. Glory to Him in the church and in Christ Jesus through all generations forever and ever! Amen
Ephesians 3:20-21

Let them praise the Lord for His great love and for the wonderful things He has done for them.
Psalm 107:15

How about you? What are you praying for today?


Brian said...

I have been getting tired lately. My biggest frustration is that my passion is becoming the source of my exhaustion. I love what I do. I get to lead people in worship each week. I sing, play piano and guitar, write the drama sketches we use, come up with video ideas, go out and video it, do all the editing, and have the awesome privilege of seeing my work help others encounter God. But day in and day out I'm worn out. I'm running out of ideas. My prayer is for myself to be re-energized this week and that God will raise up people out of my church and community who have a passion for some of these things and who would like to share in the leadership of worship.

Ray Pelletier said...

Brian, thanks for sharing your heart. So many of us struggle with the passion/exhaustion roller-coaster.

Pam Howell said...

Brian I empathize with you. You are among people who understand and feel for where you are at. I have prayed for you specifically. I’m sure others will today also.

I hope this conference gives you ideas and the energy you are seeking but also an opportunity to rest in God’s strength & faithfulness.

I pray your heart will be at peace.