Prayer Guide Day 5 – Generosity in Action
Your eye is the lamp of your body. When your eye is good, your whole life is full of light, but when it is bad, your body is full of darkness.
— Matthew 6:22
People were said to have “a good eye” if they were generous during Jesus’ day. Stingy people were said to have a “bad eye.” Jesus used this Hebrew expression in Matthew 6:22. Read this verse again with this understanding.
Jesus connects your entire life to generosity. Some of the happiest people are often the most generous. Generosity is rooted in gratefulness. When people are grateful instead of jealous, they give more freely.
When we give, we see the great impact it can have on others, which makes us want to do more, and the cycle turns into a lifestyle. What Jesus said will be true of you, “your whole life is full of light.”
The invitation to give is not an invitation into guilt and religion, it is an invitation into joy.
The Hope for Dinner Challenge
So we end this guide with a joyful challenge to provide as many meals as the Holy Spirit leads you to provide — no more, no less. This is an invitation to a joyful life filled with light.
There are people risking their lives to bring nutritious food and the Gospel to refugees inside Burma everyday. Some wear dark clothes and take boats across the border to bring food and Bibles into camps. Others hide huge storehouses of food so that villagers whose homes have been burned can come, eat and hear about Jesus. These heroes need our prayers and our support.
I remember listening to a man, who for 15 years has risked his life inside Burma, tell me his motto, “I never let comfort or fear inform my decisions — only obedience to God.”
That challenge is for all of us. We may not be risking our lives, but we may put our comfort at risk. Don’t let comfort or fear inform your decision as you pray about the amount of meals you may provide. Start with gratefulness and follow it to bold generosity.
Jesus, lead us to lifestyle of gratefulness and generosity. Give us faith, creativity and courage to help there be one less hungry child tonight — one less child without the knowledge of salvation. Remind us to be grateful for our food and to remember those who are hungry. When we see you in heaven, may you say of us, “Well done good and faithful servant…for I was hungry and you fed me” (Matthew 25:34-35).
Malnutrition remains the world’s most serious health problem and the single biggest contributor to child mortality, more than HIV/AIDS, TB and Malaria combined.
— The World Bank, 2006DOWNLOAD PRAYER GUIDE