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September 1, 1999






Pinson: Bless others with prayer
___GLORIETA, N.M.--Prayer offers one of the best ways to "bless" others around you, according to Bobbie Pinson.
___Pinson, wife of Baptist General Convention of Texas Executive Director Bill Pinson, offered advice on prayer as blessing during the Glorieta Prayer Conference.
___"There are so many ways we can affirm people with blessings," she said. "But the greatest is through prayer."
___For example, Pinson said: Parents can pray blessings on their children; grandparents prayartsmcan pray blessings on their children and grandchildren; Christians can pray blessings on their neighbors and co-workers.
___She also encouraged Christians to move beyond their immediate circle of family and friends to pray God's blessings on strangers. "Pray for people you don't know: Children at a bus stop, policemen you pass."
___In any case, learning to pray for God's blessing on others requires Christians to overcome whatever bitterness, anger, envy or resentment they may be holding onto, Pinson said. "You have to empty yourself so you can be ready to pray for others."
___She suggested ways to be reminded to pray for others:
___* Make a prayer list or journal in which you assign various people's names to different days of the week.
___* Associate names of those for whom you want to pray with certain objects around your home or office, then say a prayer for those people each time you see the object that reminds you of them.
___* Keep wedding invitations, and pray for the newlyweds for the next year.
___* Develop an acrostic on a child's name as a reminder of the things you want to pray for him or her.
___* Pray the words of Scripture back to God.
___* Use your five fingers as a prayer reminder, with the thumb reminding you to pray for those closest to you, the pointer finger reminding you to pray for those who teach and instruct, the tallest finger reminding you to pray for leaders, the ring finger being the weakest reminding you to pray for those who are weak or in pain, and the pinky reminding you to pray for yourself as the smallest of all.

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