“Always be joyful. Never stop praying. Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus.” – 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18, NLT
My daughters are generally thankful little girls. They’re sweet and thoughtful, loving and kind. However, a few weeks ago, I noticed a rather ungrateful spirit in them when I served oatmeal for breakfast. Rather than dismiss their negative attitudes, I decided to turn the experience into a teachable moment.
I reminded Isabelle and Jocelyn of the letter we received from one of the Mission of Mercy children we sponsor in Haiti. Rose, who is 12 years old, wrote that her favorite foods are beans and rice. I then explained that those foods were her favorites because that is probably all she has to eat. I told them that many children around the world don’t have a choice of what they’ll have for breakfast and some aren’t able to eat anything at all.
That morning, which was about a month ago, I decided to start a new tradition in the Feola household. Each Thursday since that day, we’ve had a missions breakfast of rice and beans. Although the girls were slightly resistant at first, they’ve come to look forward to this special event. Before we eat, we pray for our three children in Haiti – Rose, Malancha, and James – as well as for our friends who are missionaries in Peru.
This may seem like a small thing, maybe even silly. However, God wants us to pray for the nations on a regular basis, and this is just one practical way we can keep missions in the forefront of our hearts and minds.
What are you doing to intercede for the nations? It’s easy to get overwhelmed because the need is so great. I would encourage you, though, to adopt at least one country or people group. Do some research to find out what the needs are in that country. Begin praying for the Lord to do a mighty work in their land.
Remember that there are thousands of hurting people across the globe who need your prayers. Cry out to God for them! Even if you have to eat rice and beans one day a week to keep you accountable, do it. God will honor your commitment and will work miracles as you pray for His people!