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How Would You Pray for America?

Carey Kinsolving – The covering bug- Carey Kinsolving Web

“I would pray that I bless all the people in the world and all the animals, especially my cat, Rusty,” six-year old Noah said and asked God to bless his house, other people’s houses and make the parks really fun.

Somewhere in Petaluma, California, there is a blessed cat named Rusty.

“I pray that everyone in the world has food,” says Clare, 5.

We often take for granted the blessings of abundant food when many people suffer from malnutrition and starvation. It is easy to become desensitised because we are bombarded with so many media images of starving children.

Quality organisations such as ‘Food for the Hungry’ and ‘AMG International’ provide opportunities to sponsor needy children for less than the price of a soft drink or a cup of coffee a day. They care for the whole person by providing physical and spiritual food for children and their families.

“I pray that all the wars will stop but, most of all, that all kinds of people will know you (God): freaks, jocks, geeks and everyone will know you no matter who it is and what colour they are,” ten-year-old Sandy said.

Overflowing Heaven

Heaven’s streets will overflow with Earth’s outcasts. Whether empowered outcasts such as tax collectors or freaky outcasts such as the formerly demon possessed, they seized the moment by believing in Jesus as the promised messiah. They pressed into the Kingdom (Luke 16:16).

For the most part, Jesus did not attract the respectable and elite of society. Most religious leaders and rich people felt offended and threatened by Jesus’ statement that whores and tax collectors would enter heaven before them.

“I pray that there won’t be any more violence or wars in America. I pray that America will win if there are any wars,” Justin (7) said.

Destructive People

Justin prays smart. No one wants war. But if evil people threaten life and liberty, we must stop them. The hijackers who flew planes into buildings on September 11, 2001 unveiled the face of evil. The kind of hatred that justifies murdering innocent civilians is demonic. Only the darkest of souls could believe the lie that a suicide mission to murder innocent civilians guarantees entrance into paradise.

We should thank God every day for the courageous men and women who have given their lives to secure freedom and for those who risk their lives to protect freedom. Police, firefighters and military personnel deserve our support, respect and honour.
“I pray for all the people in the world who don’t believe in Jesus Christ our Lord,” nine-year-old Catie said.

Prayer for people represents the unseen battle in spiritual realms against terror. If our eyes were opened, most of us would be shocked at the intensity of the spiritual war being fought for control of people including national leaders.

We live in a time when the harvest is great, but the labourers are few.

Jesus commanded us to preach the gospel, not to force it on anyone. The idea of forced love is a contradiction.

Carey Kinsolving is an Auckland based storywriter and the above is a part of ‘Kids Talk about God’ distributed by Creators Syndicate. To access free, online ‘Kids Color Me Bible’ books, ‘Mission Explorers’ videos and all columns in a Bible Lesson Archive, visit www.KidsTalkAboutGod.org. To read journey-of-faith feature stories written by Carey Kinsolving, visit www.faithprofiles.org; © 2016 Carey Kinsolving 

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