"I said a prayer for you today......"
CRUMBS from the TABLE -by Edward Price

John 17:9, 15 - "I pray for them. I do not pray for the world, but for those whom You have given Me, for they are yours. I do not pray that You should take them out of the world, but that You should keep them from the evil one."

I said a prayer for you today.....

I said a prayer for you today
And I know God must have heard
I felt the answer in my heart
Although He spoke no word!

I didn't ask for wealth or fame
I knew you wouldn't mind!
I asked Him to send treasures
Of a far more lasting kind!

I asked that he be near you
At the start of each new day.
To grant you health and blessings
And friends to share your way!

I asked for happiness for you
In all things great and small.
But it was for His loving care
I prayed for most of all!


When we are still babes in Christ, our prayer life tends to lean toward a more selfish mode (gimme sessions with God), but as we mature in our Christian walk our focus should leave self and focus more on the need of others.

DO you know that when we were in the world, no God in our heart and no weapon (the Word of God) in our hand, that somebody prayed for us.

When I was growing up I remember my mother saying that she did not sleep until all her children were in the house. What was she doing during those sleepless times? Praying for her foolish children that God would spare us from our sinful ways!

The song says....

Somebody prayed for me
Prayed all night long
Took the time to pray for me.

And you know what...

I'm so glad they prayed
I'm so glad they prayed
I'm so glad they prayed for ME!

Are you glad somebody prayed for you? Let us learn to pray for others! Look at our passage this morning, Jesus is facing His death on the cross, but who is He praying for...His disciples...those who were around Him! Notice also, the second verse...He prays not that they should be taken out of the world, but that God should keep them from the "evil one" (Satan). In short, Jesus is asking God to seal us that evil does not get in us while we run this race!

Next time we are praying for God to take us off the job or move the supervisor or that co-worker who seems like our thorn in the flesh. Turn that around and ask God to touch them and you that you may be a greater witness to them to show them the way of Christ. God did not place us on these jobs to be darkness, but rather to be light for Him. There are many times we all would rather be somewhere else than here dealing with heathen, sinful, godless, self center people, but God has a purpose for us.

Note from James:
Do you know nobody wants to be a lily in the midst of a cesspool, but I want you to know that it's beauty never shines brighter! This is a picture of us in the world. Our light, our God given beauty shines the brightest in the midst of darkness!

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