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Thursday, October 6, 2016

Pumpkin Prayer

Pumpkin Prayer

{cut off top of pumpkin}

Lord, open my mind so I can learn new things about you.

“Know that the Lord, He is God.” (Psalm 100:3)

innards remove}

Remove the things in my life that don’t please you.
Forgive the wrong things I do and help me to forgive others.

Sin is the wrong things in life that we need to get rid of. Scoop out the inside of the pumpkin to show how God removes our sins. The seeds represent disobedience, impatience, jealousy, hatred. God will forgive us if we ask. He will cleanse our hearts and makes us a new creation.

“If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us” (1 John 1:9)

{cut open eyes}

Open my eyes to see the beauty you’ve made in the world around me.

Cut the eyes in shape of a heart. It is a great time to talk about how God's laws are there to protect us. He has given his world to all of us because of his love for us.

“Open my eyes that I may see wonderful things from your law.” (Psalm 119:18)

{cut out nose}
I’m sorry for the times I’ve turned my nose at the good food you provide.

Carve a cross shaped nose. There are times that we don't like a certain food, piece of clothing or toy and are not thankful when they are gifted to us. God knows when we grumble and are not thankful for what we have and what we don't have. We have been given so much but when we complain it is against God for he was the one that died on the cross for us all. God is the one that makes sure we are given what we really need.

…be thankful unto Him, and bless his name.” (Psalm 100:4)

(cut out ears one on each side)

Carve the ears into a rectangle to represent the Bible. There are times when our parents, boss or someone important has told us what to do and us not listen. God wants us to listen to him as well. The bible tells us how much He loves us, and how he wants us to live and how he plans to help us. 

 “Incline your ear, and come to Me” (Isaiah 55:3) 

{cut out mouth}
Let everything I say please You.

We should use our mouths to tell others about God. Our words should please our Lord. Carve the mouth of the pumpkin in the shape of a fish. The fish represents the story Jesus shared about fishing for people by telling them of God's love for everyone. We can all be "fishers of men" by using our mouths to tell others about Jesus.

 “I shall . . . declare the works or the Lord” (Psalm 118:17)

{light the candle}
Lord, help me show your light to others through the things I do. Amen

Like the song says we should light our candle and let it shine. Light a candle and place it inside of our pumpkin. The Light represents the Holy Spirit that lives in all Christian hearts. We let our light shine when we let God work in our lives. Our light will hopefully attract our family and friends as well. 

 “Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.” (Matthew 5:16)

By: Liz Curtis Higgs 

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