Louise is an elderly widow with a neighbor who attends Pearce. Let’s call him “Bob” (that’s his name). Bob has “adopted” Louise, helping her with yardwork, fix it projects, and, most of all, in being a friend. Louise is going in for surgery next Tuesday (October 30). Bob has been introducing me to Louise through stories of their growing friendship. Next Monday, Bob and I will visit Louise to pray with her before surgery.
Pray for One. A prayer every morning as our eyes first open, and before our feet hit the floor. “Father, if there is anyone out there today who is desperately asking if You and Your love are real, please send me to show them Your love.” Sometimes our “Pray for One” opportunity lives right next door.
Yesterday, I was in a local coffee shop for a regular Monday morning meeting with three amazing friends. As I was leaving, I saw the one who served me standing alone at the counter. I went back to the counter and asked if there was anything in his life that I could be praying for. He was a bit startled and said, “No, I don’t think so.” I said great and wished him a blessed day.
Pray for One. Neighbors. Coffee shops. The one standing next to me at Walgreens as we both pick out a birthday card. Pray for One. An opportunity that can present itself when we least expect it. Always looking for Spirit-led moments to show God’s love.
Jobs are necessary. Life requires income. Employment is noble. But our highest calling is not our job and the pursuit of a paycheck. Knowing God and making Him known is our highest calling. Look, live, and love like Jesus every day. In public and in private.
Father, the most important thing we can do today is to love You and love our neighbor. Give us open eyes, open hearts, and open arms for those desperate for Your love and for a friend. Help us to be a friend so that we might introduce them to Your unfailing love. Thank you for Bob. Please bless Louise. Amen.