My jeans pocket is bulging with treasure! The back of my closet, a sidewalk, and the garage floor were sources of this unlikely treasure—three precious pennies. Monetarily, they are not enough to buy one Atomic FireBall , but, even so, these pennies pack a punch as powerful as the fiery jawbreakers.
My brother Richard recently shared with his congregation how God interrupted his life using a solitary penny. Over five years ago, while walking across a parking lot, Richard spied a penny, and felt prompted to pick it up and say a prayer. After praying about what came to mind, the Lord impressed upon him to pick up every penny that he saw from then on out, and say a prayer.
As Richard obediently stooped, and sometimes knelt, to pick up pennies and pray, he underwent a “philosophy adjustment.” Previously, he held that abandoned pennies were not worth the energy required to scoop them up. He began to understand that God was using a “small thing” to illustrate a big truth found in 1 Thessalonians 5:17—“pray without ceasing.”
“Penny Prayers,” Richard said, “are prayers in waiting.” He explained that they are a form of communication that can be compared to switching between two telephone calls with the aid of the “call waiting” feature. Call waiting enables one to temporarily suspend a current telephone call in order to quickly handle a second one, and then return to the first caller. Yes, handle the day-to-day activities—waiting in lines, walking across parking lots, standing at street corners—all necessary interruptions or distractions of life, but quickly return to that primary, on-going conversation with God. Pennies are a reminder that God is on the line, waiting to resume the conversation.
Picking up pennies and praying is exercise—an exercise in faith. Richard described finding pennies in disgustingly filthy places, and picking up 30 or more pennies at one time. He figured that pennies plucked out of the worst environments indicated greater prayer needs, while an abundance of pennies showed that our opportunities to pray are endless.
Dick, one of Richard’s friends, incorporated Penny Prayers into his daily routine. Several weeks ago, Dick presented a jar of treasure to Richard, saying, “Many of these pennies represent prayers for you and your family.”
Richard challenged his church family to use small things to keep them in a continual prayer line with God throughout the day. Simple sentence prayers about a job, marriage, or a child, are real and powerful.
Penny Prayers are, indeed, atomic fireballs of power.
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