Verse of the Day


"With this in mind, we constantly pray for you, that our God may count you worthy of his calling, and that by his power he may fulfill every good purpose of yours and every act prompted by your faith. We pray this so that the name of our Lord Jesus may be glorified in you, and you in him, according to the grace of our God and the Lord Jesus Christ."

~II Thessalonians 1:11-12


Today's Devotional Thought

August 23, 2010 by Rachel Piferi



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Letters to God

I recently saw the movie Letters to God. It is based on a true story about a 9 year old boy with cancer who has a very strong faith in and love for God. The movie deviates from the story it was based on, but its message is still strong. As the title suggests, the movie focuses on talking to God. In the movie, the little boy’s talking to God is in the form of letters that he writes daily to God. He writes letters about why he has cancer. He writes letters about the little things that happen at school. And, he writes letters about people in his life and the requests he has for them. Throughout the movie, you see this little boy’s strong love for God and for those around him.

At one point in the movie, the mailman who is receiving these letters to God decides to give some of the letters to the people who he has written about. In this brief part of the movie, you see how these individuals are touched by the little boy’s prayers for each one of them. In the midst of his own illness and questioning, he is praying for those around them. He is noticing their needs and presenting them to God.

Over the past couple of days, we have been talking about health. We have discussed physical health and have begun talking about emotional health. On Friday, we discussed prayer as an important piece of maintaining emotional health. However, we discussed it in terms of praying for yourself and raising your own requests to God. Today, I urge you to write a letter to God for someone else.

In your prayer time each day, do you pray for others? Do you focus your attention and energy on other people’s needs? So often we get mired in our own shortcomings and failures and struggles that we fail to notice the needs of those around us. Today, instead of being focused on yourself in your prayer time, pray for others. And, may I recommend that you write a letter to God today for the one for whom you are praying. You can even give them that letter. I promise you that it will be encouraging to them. And, I imagine you will also be encouraged through it.

Help others maintain their emotional health by praying for them. Write a letter to God today for someone. I promise that you will be encouraged and uplifted as you encourage someone else.


Memorize this verse today:

"With this in mind, we constantly pray for you, that our God may count you worthy of his calling, and that by his power he may fulfill every good purpose of yours and every act prompted by your faith. We pray this so that the name of our Lord Jesus may be glorified in you, and you in him, according to the grace of our God and the Lord Jesus Christ."
~II Thessalonians 1:11-12



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