Gift

“Prayer is that gift. Time spent in prayer for someone else is the greatest gift anyone can give. Prayer is the catalyst to unlocking heaven’s blessings. Prayer is the gift that God allows us to give back to him on behalf of others. We have a direct line to God and God has a direct line to the person our gift is intended for. When we pray for someone, they know that we have given them our time. They know that we had them in our thoughts.”

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Malam itu aku berdoa. Esoknya, Tuhan berkata-kata melalui pendeta. Aku mendoakan dia. Aku tak tahu dia mendoakanku atau tidak, namun ketika aku cemas, aku berdoa. Ketika aku dicintai, aku berdoa. Ketika aku dibenci aku berdoa. Ketika aku kesal, aku berdoa. Ketika aku menutup mata, aku berdoa. Ketika aku bahagia, aku berdoa.

Aku menjelajah lebih dalam mencari apa yang sesungguhnya ku rasakan. Dan ku temukan, bahwa doa adalah sebuah hadiah yang dapat ku berikan pada siapa saja, hadiah termahal yang tak tergantikan karena ketika aku berlutut dan menutup mata, aku mengambil waktu pribadiku dan memberikannya untuk mendoakan orang lain. Waktu adalah harta yang paling berharga. Paling berharga. Tanpa nilai.

Aku hanya anak jalanan yang sering mampir ke sebuah gedung tua berlambang salib di depan jalan raya. Aku bukanlah mereka yang menghabiskan waktunya hingga pukul dua untuk kenikmatan dunia yang sama sekali tak bisa ku rasa. Namun, ku temukan bahwa aku adalah orang yang paling kaya ketika aku dapat berdoa.

“Are you searching for the perfect gift for someone you love? I am. I always have a hard time finding something in the stores for people who already have everything they need, like my husband. Every year my daughters and I search high and low for something different. Whatever we choose has to be secured in a box with very little wiggle room, because he likes to shake them to determine the contents before Christmas day.

No matter what we come up with, it only brings temporary joy. It soon loses its excitement and glamour. I wonder, though, about all of the people who would love to receive something that money can’t buy. Something that will last. Maybe just much-needed peace of mind. Having a life-changing experience is the best gift anyone can receive.

Imagine someone waking up on Christmas morning and no longer feeling depressed. There is a gift we can all give to those we love. It cannot be wrapped in pretty paper. It cannot packed in a box and shaken. But it can restore marital relationships. It can heal diseases. It can bring peace to a troubled heart and soul. It can do what no other gift can do. And all it costs you is some of your time.

Prayer is that gift. Time spent in prayer for someone else is the greatest gift anyone can give. Prayer is the catalyst to unlocking heaven’s blessings. Prayer is the gift that God allows us to give back to him on behalf of others. We have a direct line to God and God has a direct line to the person our gift is intended for. When we pray for someone, they know that we have given them our time. They know that we had them in our thoughts”

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