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Topic: Minute(s) (as in time) (03/03/11)
TITLE: Pinpointed Prayers
By Barbara Lynn Culler
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Dear God, please protect that aircraft and the people on board.
A small black dog is running through the traffic, obviously scared and knowing not where to go.
Dear God, please protect that little dog and get him safely home.
An unkempt man sits in front of the convenience store, appearing forlorn and hopeless.
Dear God, please touch that man’s soul.
These are a few of the quick petitions to God that I make throughout the day. I’ve heard somewhere that these types of prayers are referred to as “dart prayers” for they are aimed at a specific target. I prefer to call them Minute Prayers, for the time involved to see the need and then to follow through with the request to God.
The Bible encourages us to “Pray continually.” (1 Thessalonians 5:17. NIV) We need to always be in communication with God; not just in petition but also in listening. Is God telling me to rescue the lost dog or give money to the panhandler? We all have good excuses for not heading the voice of God: “I can’t stop now; need to get to work” or “I just don’t want to deal with the outcome.” Another excuse that I’ve used is that the transient will just use the money for alcohol anyway, and it’s my hard-earned money.
There have been incidents where I felt a nudging to react to a situation, but chose not to follow through. I then felt guilty for not obeying and asked God for a second chance. He always gives another situation for me to show obedience. It is when I obey and do the task, my heart feels good for I’ve pleased the Lord, and helped someone in need.
Have my Minute Prayers been effective? I’ve often pondered that question, but most likely will never know the answer. Really, it’s not important to know how many lives may have been saved or touched, but rather, how obedient I am in listening and hearing God - if only just for a moment.
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