Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Pretzels And Prayer

Years ago, there was a group of monks in the northern part of Italy who gathered a group of children together to teach them to pray. Each time the children learned a new prayer, they were given a gift as a reward.

One monk began to pray about the gifts he was giving the children. He wanted them to remind the children to pray. So, he decided to give the children a tasty item baked in his oven from unleavened bread. Rolling out a piece of dough, he carefully designed a pastry with three holes and a twist in the middle that represented two arms folded in prayer. He called it a “pretola” which means “little gift.” It was eventually called a “pretzel” and has been enjoyed all over the world for 1300 years.

All of us have many opportunities to remind people of the importance of prayer. One thing we can do is to share with others God’s answers to our prayers. Another thing we can do is to invite people to pray with us. We can also remind others of what God’s Word teaches about prayer. Perhaps one day when eating a pretzel with a friend, we can share the story of the pretzel and remind them to pray whenever they see a pretzel.

Prayer: Help us, Lord, to realize the importance of prayer, to set an example in prayers and to teach others to pray. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Scripture for Today: Luke 18:1 Then He spoke a parable to them, that men always ought to pray and not lose heart

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