Coco Calling: No.66 - Prayers or targets?
The random thoughts of a Christian parrot
My owner always lines the bottom of my cage with sheets of newspaper. And I always hope that he uses the “Puzzles” section as there’s nothing I enjoy more than a spot of Sudoku, a Word Wheel or a quiz. But if I’m really unlucky, I can end up with the “Politics” pages. Yes, there are some good politicians out there, but there are also many self-centred ones, and there’s nothing worse than having their faces staring up at me while I’m sitting on my perch. And I must admit that there are times when I’m tempted to climb up to my highest perch and use them for “target practice.”
But then I stop and remember that I’m meant to be a “Christian parrot” rather than some kind of deranged seagull. So instead of using them for target practice, I pray for them. I pray that they will serve others and not just themselves. I pray that they will make decisions based on good morals. And I pray that God can use them for His work.
It can be very hard for us to pray for people that upset us, or whom we simply don’t like. But being a Christian is all about turning negative thoughts into positive action for God. Praying for the family member that you haven’t spoken to for years. Praying for the person at work that makes your life a misery. Praying for the bullies and dictators and thugs of this world.
Positive prayer creates positive energy. Build that energy up enough and it can result in positive change. Astonishing, amazing, unexpected change. And that is the power of faith through prayer……..
Jesus says in Matthew 5:44: “But I tell you, love your enemies, and pray for those who persecute you.”