Day 17 of 40 days of devotion

Written by Euni and Elijah Taylor

We introduced praying for strangers to our kids right from an early age. Anytime as we were driving, if we saw an ambulance, fire engine or police car, I would say ” let’s pray for them” and I’d pray out loud for safety for the drivers as they needed to go fast, and that God would help them to help people, and that God would heal the people in the ambulance and give doctor’s the wisdom to treat them…etc. Soon it changed that my kids would notice emergency vehicles and shout out “come on, let’s pray”. We speak about how we can hear God’s voice in our head. Not limited to, but like when you go to do something wrong, and there is a voice in your head that tells you that it is not ok. God is interested in every aspect of our lives, as well as strangers we don’t know.

We went skiing as a family, and Elijah (aged 7) has typed up one of his experiences.

When it was about to be Monday in the night I had a dream that a lady was hurt on the ski slope and I prayed for her. Then it was Monday and I went skiing with my family. When we went down the red slope a lady was on the slope and we heard a big crack and the lady thought she had broken her knee. Dad and Mum backward snowploughed her down the slope. On the way up the chairlift, I told mum that it was exactly like my dream. Mum said shall we pray for her. I said I already did because God told me to. I think God did my dream!

Two weeks later, last night we read from the Children’s bible storybook about Paul having a dream and knowing that God wanted him to go tell the good news of Jesus.
Elijah straight away says out loud “That was just like me”.

Praying for strangers does not have be daunting. Start small – if you see an emergency vehicle today, as you drive, pray for those inside. Find or phone a friend and pray out loud for them. And know that sometimes, like with Elijah and Paul, God uses dreams to show you what He wants you to do.

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