Prayer for Change
"Let love be genuine; hate what is evil, hold fast to what is good; love one another with mutual affection; outdo one another in showing honor. Do not lag in zeal, be ardent in spirit, serve the Lord. Rejoice in hope, be patient in suffering, persevere in prayer."
This week during my Starbucks hours (I feel like this is becoming a regular location in the enotes) there was a girl waiting in the drive-through line crying while talking on her phone. At the time, the line was long enough to block any through traffic in the parking lot. While she was crying, the man in the car behind her started to honk a few times at her, hoping she would pull up so he could go around. She pulls up as far as she can to the car in front of her, but man could barely fit. So he lays on his horn for 30 seconds. While still using his horn he decides to try fitting in the space to get around her. He fits (barely) and it is only when he leaves the parking lot that he stops honking. I would like to think that if the man saw the girl in front of him crying, he would have treated her differently. There is something about being in a car that makes us forget about the people that are driving the cars around us. Instead of treating the drivers with compassion, we react with impatience. We become very focused on ourselves. This doesn't only happen when we are driving. By living in a society among other people, we often find times when we are frustrated with their behavior. And there are also many times people are frustrated by ours. We find Jesus advising us a lot within the Gospels to love our neighbors. I particularly love this advice that Paul gives us to "love one another with mutual affection; outdo one another in showing honor." This goes a bit beyond just loving our neighbor. He advises us to outdo one another in showing honor. How different would our world look if we made treating others the number one priority? What if we treated them even better than we wanted to be treated? In my last note, I invited you to join in my daily challenge to pray for people. This week, I would like to invite you to join me as I challenge myself to pray each day for a specific change I want to see in the world. If you need help getting started, this is how I plan on praying. 1. Thank God for where I recognize the Holy Spirit doing something good in the world. 2. Pray for a specific hurt or area where the world can use God's transformation. 3. Ask God to use me to be a part of that change.