Devotions for the Praying Heart
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What is desired in a man is kindness ….
Proverbs 19:22

The first time I went to the grocery store with the mindset of bringing God’s light to someone who needs it, there was one particular person who caught my attention. She was a mother with three small children. One of them was pulling on her yelling, “Mommy! Mommy!” Her baby was sitting in the grocery cart crying, and her eight-year-old was on the floor throwing a full-blown tantrum.

Any other day, I would have just wheeled my grocery cart down another aisle to get away from that mess. But this day was different. I was on a mission.

I went up to that mother and said, “Can I help you?” (About that time, the baby spit out the pacifier and it went whizzing past my head.)

I knew this wasn’t the time to tell her she should come to my church. It wasn’t the time to give her a scripture. It was the time to be kind, helpful, and loving. It was not the time to speak light. It was time to be light.

So I knelt down on the floor beside the screaming little boy, put my hand on his head and said, “What’s your name?”

“ANDREW!” he screamed.

Looking up at his mother, I said, “Can I give him a mint?”

She shrugged as if to say, If you think that will help.

Seconds later, little Andrew was calm and quiet. The peace of God had come near him. I said to the mother, “Can I pray for you and your children?”

She said, “Here?”

“It’s as good a place as any,” I answered. Then I just prayed a blessing over her. I didn’t ask her to pray the sinner’s prayer. I didn’t sense any leading to do that. I just brought a little light to her.

Later as I was waiting in the checkout line, I looked up and saw her across the store. She caught my eye and silently mouthed the words, “Thank you ….”

Smiling back, I realized that in some small way, the light of Jesus had shined on her and Operation Grocery Store had been a success.

Scripture Reading: Luke 6:31 – 36

Source: Devotions for the Praying Heart by Lynne Hammond.
Excerpt permission granted by Lynne Hammond Ministries

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