Prayer Ministry

From the Prayer Corner – Sow Seeds of Prayer

 

“And He said, “The kingdom of God is as if a man should scatter seed on the ground.  He sleeps and rises night and day, and the seed sprouts and grows, he knows not how.”  Mark 4:26-27

 

Jesus teaches that you and I are like farmers.  One of our roles is to sow seeds.  Most often we do it without even realizing it.  For instance, a mother or a father sows seeds by caring for their home and for their children as they go about their normal routines.  Those seeds take root and sprout and grow in the lives of their kids.  We see evidence of this in the children’s lives when they cradle and dress their dolls in the same manner that they see their mother caring for their younger siblings, or when they try to help their father cut the grass or work on a project.

 

A pastor, Sunday school teacher, or parent can sow seeds of love for God’s Word.  Maybe one of your parents sowed these into your life as you watched them read their morning devotions every day or when they sat at the kitchen table and prepared their lesson for the Bible study they attended.

 

Folks who set up and clean up after the church potluck sow seeds of servanthood.  Those who give thanks even when it’s hard sow seeds of gratitude.  Those who take a meal to a struggling family, donate to a ministry to orphaned children,  or who sit at the bedside of a dying loved one sow seeds of compassion.

 

Have you ever thought of your prayers as seeds?  They are.  They move God to action.  Examples of this are found throughout Scripture.  Prayer seeds may seem to be a small hidden thing in the grand scheme of life – but no seed is ever wasted – no prayer goes unheard.

 

We don’t consciously think about our actions and our prayers as sowing seeds, but Jesus says that’s what they are.  He says those seeds take root in other people’s lives.  They sprout, they grow, and eventually they produce a harvest.  We really have no idea when or how this all takes place.  It just does.  It’s a spiritual mystery – sometimes a miracle – in which our prayers and our actions play a part in other people’s lives.  So let’s sow lots of seeds of prayer that result in a harvest of love, joy, peace, kindness, and grace – and more of Jesus.

 

(portions taken from an article by Grace Fox and Sarah Frazer)

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 “Nothing tends more to cement the hearts of Christians than praying together.”  

- Charles G. Finney