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Positive Minute - Ken Duncan

Arrow prayers

By Sheila Schuller Coleman

"Whatever you ask in my name the Father will give you." – John 15:16

A teacher at a Christian school heard sirens in the distance. "Quick, children!" she instructed, "fold your hands and send up an arrow prayer." She led the children in a prayer for the paramedics who were racing to the scene and for the people who had been in the accident.

When the children went home, they told their parents about their experience in class that day. Now every time they hear a siren, the children send up arrow prayers wherever they are—in a restaurant, in the car, or at home.

God's answer is just an arrow prayer away. He's always on call.

"Help, Lord! I'm feeling discouraged!"

"Help, Lord! I'm feeling afraid."

"Help, Lord, I feel like I'm drowning!"

Then, wait and watch—he'll be the first on the scene!

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Be aware today that God is just a call away and that you can shoot an arrow prayer up to him anytime about anything.

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  1. Davem writes:

    It is good to know that God hears and answers the short prayers. There are more short prayers in the Bible than long ones. Its the sincerity and not the length of prayer that matters. How often have we prayed " Help Lord" ? When your knees knock....kneel on them Enjoy this day He has made Dave Psalm 116

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    02/24/2009 01:30:51
  2. msasahills writes:

    I have not heard them called 'arrow prayers' before, but this is something I have done for most of my life. And -- it works, too. My clearest memories go back to my childhood in a guerilla war in the '70's; we had a 20 mile journey between our city and our farm in a mountainous area where any number of tragedies could befall you, from armed hold-up or a break-down to being ambushed with hand grenades -- or even hit a landmine. On several very memorable occasions, when we had leared of high levels of trouble in close proximity we'd literally have a gun at the ready by each window -- and our parents would tell us, "We're travelling on prayer' -- and I would be in a state of silent prayer -- sending up 'arrows' ninety to the dozen -- until we got safely home. After cease-fire in 1980, there were 3000 unexploded landmines found in that 20 mile radius; some were thought to have been laid 9 years earlier, and fewer than 5 of those found where so faulty that they could not explode: pray hard!

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    02/24/2009 05:32:15
  3. maxine2 writes:

    A co-worker from Sri Lanka approached me one day with the question of help to come for her hour of need? I told her to do this very thing. When she did, she discovered a man on a cross dying and looking down to her. When he died she wept and thought her hope was no more. She came to me again and I told her that after three days, he was in the tomb, that He rose again to new life immortal and that was her true hope. I told her it was Jesus Christ, the only begotten Son of God, that gives the hope she needs for her hour of need. She is now conidering her new discoveries but now must deal with a husband who has not faced the same yet. Please pray for such people as these. I believe the Lord is always wanting to draw foreigners and show them His perfect love for all people.

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    02/24/2009 05:38:17
  4. Mom2Grandma writes:

    It's just not the same here. Will this church site go down without the men shullers? I dont feel good about it anymore. What's happening?

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    02/24/2009 10:02:49
  5. Mom2Grandma writes:

    I never believed that sentence for I have asked for many things and never received them.

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    02/24/2009 10:03:44
  6. Rosebud37 writes:

    I say these 'arrow' prayers all the time, esp whenever I hear an ambulance go by. How wonderul these children have learned something so kind that will likely become a life-long habit as it has for many. M2G -- Mark 11:24 ~ 'Therefore, I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, BELIEVE THAT YE SHALL RECEIVE THEM, and ye shall have them.' JESUS said we must have faith and believe (see Matthew ~ 21:22) 'And, all things, whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer, BELIEVING, ye shall receive'. We don't always get everything we want right away; we get what we need, when we need it most; and that which is according to the Father's will, for our lives and that of others ... the Bible says that we don't always get what we ask because we ask amiss (for the wrong things) (James 4:3) ... for unanswered prayers may be GOD's way of saying 'not yet' or 'not for you or them', or 'not that' or 'not now' ... GOD always knows what is best for us & others!

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    02/24/2009 11:43:48
  7. Con writes:

    My mother taught me at a very young age to say a prayer whenever I heard a siren. I still do this and still believe in it. My mom was right all those years ago. She knew it to be true, so she taught all of us in her way to have a great faith. My Dad is a man of great faith as well. God Bless them both! I am forever grateful to them both for the many wonderful lessons they took the time to teach!

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    02/24/2009 18:39:54

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