Day 6 - June 5, 2012
Pray for creative ideas and random acts of kindness to bless people.
Genesis 24: 12, 14 (NIV1984)
Then he (Abraham’s servant) prayed, “O Lord, God of my master Abraham, give me success today, and show kindness to my master Abraham.May it be that when I say to a girl, “Please let down your jar that I may have a drink,’ and she says, ‘Drink, and I’ll water your camels too’– let her be the one you have chosen for your servant Isaac. By this I will know that you have shown kindness to my master.
The completed beauty of Jesus’ life is the added beauty of little inconspicuous acts – talking with the woman at the well; showing the young ruler the stealthy ambition laid away in his heart that kept him out of the kingdom of Heaven; shedding a tear at the grave of Lazarus; teaching a little group of followers how to pray; preaching the Gospel one Sunday afternoon to two disciples going out to Emmaus; kindling a fire and broiling fish that his disciples might have a breakfast waiting for them when they came ashore from a night of fishing…cold, tired and discouraged. By reaching out to others through random acts of kindness, we can show the love of our loving God to all those who attend the Indiana Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church and in the community of Indianapolis. Thank you, Jesus, for your example.
Most compassionate God, we thank you for the example of the life of Jesus who taught us how to serve others. We pray that the members of the Indiana Annual Conference will provide random acts of kindness to those in the Indianapolis community. Please guide and direct the volunteer mission projects across the city. O God, please be with us as we turn Indianapolis into an “Open Doors, Open Hearts, Open Minds” atmosphere for those who are lost, those who are seeking meaning in their lives, those who have strayed and need to find you again. Holy Spirit, please lead the prayer walks downtown. We specifically pray for the construction of new homes with the joint effort with Habitat for Humanity. We ask for a special anointing of love, peace, and good health to be in these new homes. Our prayer is that these acts of love will deeply impact hearts as they make room for Jesus. We ask your guidance as we welcome strangers, and through them find new friends. We are all your children, we worship and adore you, and we ask your blessings upon our Indiana Annual Conference and the people we encounter. Amen.