It has been some time since I posted my regular monthly Twenty For Prayer posting. (Took a six month China break.) Here’s the next one.
As before, what is under the cut has no literary value. Only follow the link if you are interested in joining us in prayer this month.
This month, let’s pray about: Love Thy Neighbor!
Recently, a friend confided that her family had not been welcomed by their neighbors, who are not of the same race—so much so that they wish they could move. She also told me that other members of her race have reported similar treatment.
This just should not be. No American should feel unwelcome in their own home.
So, I thought we could pray for both my friend and everyone facing such troubles. In my prayers, I have also been praying for her neighbors—that the neighbors not be blinded by ignorance, hatred, or even just unfamiliarity to the good around them.
Jesus told us to love our neighbors. When asked who our neighbors are, he told a story in which the person who proved to be the best “neighbor” was a member of the race least liked by the Jews. I think that this parable applies just as much today as in the past. In the same way that the traveler was cared for by the Samaritan, any of us may find that our best neighbor is not a person who has much in common with us, and yet, that person, too, was created “in the image and likeness” of God.
As Jesus says at the end of the Good Samaritan, we should “go and do likewise.”
Some Bible Quotes:
And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth. So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them. (Genesis 1: 26-27)
And Abram said unto Lot, Let there be no strife, I pray thee, between me and thee, and between my herdmen and thy herdmen; for we be brethren. (Genesis 13:8)
The Good Samaritan Parable: Luke 10:29-37
( http://www.christnotes.org/bible.php?q=luke+10&ver=kjv )
For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ. There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus. (Galatians 3:27-28)
But now ye also put off all these; anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy communication out of your mouth. Lie not one to another, seeing that ye have put off the old man with his deeds; And have put on the new man, which is renewed in knowledge after the image of him that created him: Where there is neither Greek nor Jew, circumcision nor uncircumcision, Barbarian, Scythian, bond nor free: but Christ is all, and in all. (Colossians 3:8-11
In the midst of the street of it, and on either side of the river, was there the tree of life, which bare twelve manner of fruits, and yielded her fruit every month. (Revelations 22:2)