Thursday, July 3, 2008

Prayer Brownies

When I am worried or stressed I feel helpless and I so hate that feeling. I always feel the need to try to fix whatever the problem is. To do something. To do anything. So usually I clean, I straighten, I organize, I tackle a new project, or I cook. I do anything that helps me to feel productive when the world is in chaos all around me. It doesn't change the situation, but it does make me feel better- at least for a time.

Yesterday I was worrying about a dear friend facing some very big and scary struggles. I talked to her and assured her I was praying for her but kept thinking...........I wish that there was more I could do for her. I wish there was something I could do to tangibly remind her that I love her and I am praying for her in the midst of the troubles she is facing.

So after sitting and worrying about her for a bit, I got up and made her some Prayer Brownies. I love making them because it's an easy way to let someone you love who is struggling know that you are praying for them- specifically and often.

Now you know I love baking and I have many brownie and bar recipes. These, these, and these are just a few of my favorites but honestly it doesn't matter what kind of brownie you make for prayer brownies. You can even make your favorite kind of cookie. It truly doesn't matter. What does matter is what you do as you bake the brownies.

These brownies are called prayer brownies simply because as you bake them, you pray. You pray specifically and fervently for the person you are making them for.

Before I begin baking I ask God to show me some specific Bible verses that I need to be praying for the person I am baking for. I then type those verses up and pray them as I pray and bake. When the brownies are done and cooled, I individually wrap each brownie and attach one of the Bible verses I've been praying to it. I put all the brownies in a basket or bag and attach a tag that explains how I have been and will continue to pray for the recipient.

My prayer each time I make these brownies is that my friend will enjoy a sweet treat, some encouragement from the Lord, and the tangible assurance that she is indeed being bathed in prayer.

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