As adults, we may not stop and think about how news reports may be heard and interpreted by children. We may not stop and think of how children may be frightened by the words we say about how our elected officials are failing to work together to solve problems and the “dire” consequences which we may experience if they do not. It is likely many children are hearing these reports and conversations and may be feeling stress and even fear at what this means for them and their families. While I could certainly write about being careful about the words we speak, today I want to share with you an opportunity we can all come together to support; and one which we can engage children in as well.
Yesterday I was blessed to meet and pray with Sabrina Fairchild; she is a co-host of the morning show on WJQ 99.3. She is working on a project to get us all to pray and said, “The National Day of Prayer is partnering with Christian radio for The Timothy Prayer
! 1 Timothy 2:1-2
says, ‘I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people— 2 for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness.
‘ On Thursday, November 14, 2013 at 3:15 EST(2:15 Central/1:15 Mountain/12:15 Pacific), all stations which choose to be a part of this time of prayer will stop the music to humbly go before the Lord to praise Him, ask for forgiveness, petition His guidance, grace and mercy, and to pray His will for our elected officials in Washington D.C.
All churches are invited to be a part of this mission! It would be a tremendous blessing to have the support of Children’s Ministry Pastor and leaders to teach young children the meaning of prayer, the power of prayer, why prayer is pleasing to God, and how to pray — leading up to November 14th. It would also be helpful if each Children’s Ministry Pastor would consider distributing information about their participating, local Christian stations which will be taking time to air The Timothy Prayer.”
This is absolutely something we can get behind and involve the children and families in our churches with so they are praying as well! Consider making this your prayer . . .
Dear God, on this day I want to thank You for the opportunity to talk with You! Thank You for hearing my prayer. Please give wisdom to our elected officials so they will make wise decisions which will allow us to live peaceful and quiet lives. Please help us remember to pray for our leaders, rather than speak unkindly about them, and live lives which show the watching world we are peaceful, godly and holy; lives which will draw them to You. Thank You for loving us, we love You, too! Amen.
Teaching the children in our ministries to pray when those around us are frustrated and upset can have an incredible impact on children. Reminding children when they are faced with uncertainty they can turn to our amazing God Who loves them, hears their prayers and answers them is one of the most important things we can do, so the Timothy Prayer is absolutely something we can take part in; and encourage others to do so as well! Will you join me in praying on November 14th?