God Loved First
In preparing to send out our first prayer letter, we were praying for messages from God for each and every recipient. At first, I was looking at the recipients’ names and praying for them, but soon I tried something different: I started praying for a word before I looked at who it was for. What was incredible was to see how God was moving. For example, I received a message praising one recipient for years of service in ministry; upon turning over the envelope, I discovered that the recipient was a couple who has been faithfully serving in a church for a long time. The message was one I could have made in my own mind had I known the recipient, but my not knowing who, God knew, and He made it clear that it was He who was speaking.
So as you go, think about this: whenever you think about someone and the wonderful things about him, take a moment to share a message of honor and encouragement. It may be God speaking through you! And when you pray for a word and it feels like all the positive things you think are what you would normally think, don’t be afraid: God thought those things first. Tell him how much He loves him.