Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Compassion Prayer Partners | Observant

Compassion sends out a monthly prayer partner newsletter. I love their suggestions of how to pray for our sponsored kids and thought that I would begin sharing these each month. This month's prayer newsletter is from Mark Hanlon, Senior Vice President of Compassion International. Click here to download the October prayer calendar

Children notice everything. And I do mean everything! Even when they seem to be innocently playing with their toys, they notice what’s on the television, what’s happening out the window and every word we’re saying. How often have you heard something out of your child’s mouth and realized they were simply imitating you?

As we interact with children, we strive to make sure that the things they notice are positive, life-giving and encouraging. We want to be good role models for the children who are watching and soaking in our every move, every word.

I am especially aware of this when I travel with Compassion. So many of the children we serve have observed tragedy and heartache. But when they come to their child development centers, they quietly observe a different world. I am constantly reminded how our staff demonstrate love and kindness to each child. Little boys who have no father figures watch the staff lead and serve sacrificially. And little girls who grow up thinking they have no value see women who are educated and confident. They observe and notice and soon mirror the love and sacrifice they see in those around them.

This month, join me in praying for positive role models in the lives of the children we serve. Not only in their church-based centers, but in their homes and communities. Pray also for those who are being watched — that the love of God will be seen clearly through them.

And don’t forget, you are being observed too, by the children in your own life! My prayer is that the light and love of God will shine to every person you come in contact with this month!

And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people. 
~ Ephesians 6:18, NIV ~

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