Prayer Thoughts for July - Make a Difference for Children

Who was a positive, influential adult during your childhood? A teacher? A coach? A parent? A church leader? A friend’s parent? You may have had more than one adult you remember as being influential. Thats great! Everyone looks up to another individual for different reasons, but all positive, influential adults have one trait in common - they cared! They cared about you! They cared enough to make a difference.

Jesus replied, “A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and he encountered robbers, who stripped him of his clothes [and belongings], beat him, and went their way [unconcerned], leaving him half dead. Now by coincidence a priest was going down that road, and when he saw him, he passed by on the other side. Likewise a Levite also came down to the place and saw him, and passed by on the other side [of the road]. But a Samaritan (foreigner), who was traveling, came upon him; and when he saw him, he was deeply moved with compassion [for him], and went to him and bandaged up his wounds, pouring oil and wine on them [to sooth and disinfect the injuries]; and he put him on his own pack-animal, and brought him to an inn and took care of him. On the next day he took out two denarii (two days’ wages) and gave them to the innkeeper, and said, ‘Take care of him; and whatever more you spend, I will repay you when I return.’   (John 10:30-35, AMP)

A person who makes a difference can be found in the most unexpected places. Perhaps the injured man saw the priest approaching. He would have breathed a sigh of relief - surely a priest, a man of God would care, would stop to help! But the priest passed him by, more concerned about himself. And then came a Levite. The man may have again thought help was at hand - surely a Levite, a servant of the Lord, would care, would stop to help! But the Levite passed him by, more concerned about himself. And then a Samaritan came. The man certainly did not expect help from a Samaritan, for the Samaritans and Jews despised each other! They went to great lengths to avoid walking through each other’s lands. Yet, the Samaritan stopped, helped, and took the injured man to where he could properly recover, paying all expenses, asking nothing in return. The most unexpected person can make a difference!

Can you be that person who makes a difference? July is National Make a Difference for Children Month. While we should always strive to be a positive influence in the lives of others, this month, focus on how you can make a difference in the life of a child. Perhaps you interact with children as part of your daily life. You are probably already making a difference! Reflect upon what you have done and how you can change and improve your interactions.

Therefore encourage and comfort one another and build up one another.    (1 Thessalonians 5:11a, AMP)

If you do not interact with children daily, how can you make a difference? Pray for the Lord’s direction. Should you join a program such as Big Brother/Big Sister? Should you volunteer to coach a local sports league? Or volunteer to watch children? What action can you take? Pray for children and consider ways - and take action! - to make a difference to child.


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