I just finished reading my daily devotional from The Upper Room. Every morning I open this little booklet, read the suggested scriptures and the accompanying devotional. It always includes a title, scripture reading, key verse, thought for the day, prayer and prayer focus. Today’s prayer focus is: Bird-Watchers. Really?! The devotional made the point that we can see God in situations if we look closely and that sometimes bird watchers can see birds that others miss because they have trained their eyes to spot them. Hence, if we train our eyes to look for God we will see Him. Good message. Then, the prayer focus….bird-watchers? It kind of gave me pause. Since it said I should pray for bird-watchers, I did, but really I have no idea why! Then, it dawned on me. I just prayed for someone that I don’t know. I prayed for an unknown group of people for unknown reasons. Lord, Bless the Bird-Watchers. It made me realize that other days on other prayer focuses, someone is praying for me! I don’t fit the bird-watcher category, but I fit many others: Mothers, Those who are worried and stressed, Those struggling with envy, Someone who feels forgotten, Those discouraged about helping others, Someone learning a new skill. Some categories may include: Those who are weary, Those struggling to understand, Those who help their kids with homework, Those doing home repairs. The ideas are endless.
So, today, I’ll heed the prayer focus. May the Bird Watchers feel blessed. And, tomorrow, I may feel an unexpected boost as some stranger may be lifting me up in prayer. Go ahead, pray for me, I appreciate it!
Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective. — James 5:16