Prayer Guide Day 4 – Gospel
Live such good lives among the pagans that, though they accuse you of doing wrong, they may see your good deeds and glorify God on the day he visits us.
— 1 Peter 2:12
One of my favorite activities in grade school was called “show and tell.” That simple phrase summarizes how God wants us to share the Gospel. We show God’s love through our acts of compassion and tell about eternal salvation through Jesus. As you take time this week to eat rice and beans, find ways to involve your neighbors, coworkers, friends and schoolmates in what you are doing. Invite them to join you for dinner. You’ll be surprised how interested your community will be in your sacrifice. This is a practical witness of a real God who cares for the needy and oppressed.
The first program the early church started was a feeding program for widows. This tradition of feeding the hungry has displayed the love for Jesus in every nation on earth and millions have come to saving faith in Jesus.
So when you participate in Hope for Dinner, you are joining with believers throughout the centuries in feeding the hungry and sharing the good news of Jesus, the bread of life.
At gunpoint soldiers forced Meisha to disarm a land mine and he lost both his hands and his sight. He eventually made it across the border to a refugee camp.
Two years ago someone shared the story of Jesus with him. With great joy he accepted Christ into his life. He was so excited about Jesus, he asked people lead him from village to village so he can share the story of Jesus. Many people became Christians through the testimony of Meisha, who did not get mad at God for what happened to him, but rejoiced in what Christ has done for Him. Meisha reminds us that heaven is forever while this world is a passing breath. Keeping our sights on heaven helps us value worldly things less and people more.
Meisha is a beneficiary of Hope for Dinner.
Lord, make me an instrument of your peace, Where there is hatred, let me sow love; Where there is injury, pardon; Where there is doubt, faith; Where there is despair, hope; Where there is darkness, light; Where there is sadness, joy. O God, grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled, as to console; to be understood, as to understand; to be loved, as to love. For it is in giving that we receive. It is in forgiving that we are forgiven, and it is in dying that we are born to Eternal Life. Amen.
— Saint Francis of Assisi
Hunger is not necessarily a calorie issue but a nutrition and protein issue. Many get calories but not nutrition. Without nutrition, you can die from a simple flu.
— worldhunger.orgDOWNLOAD PRAYER GUIDE