Announcing a NEW Project - Prayer Spaces for Pets!
(OK, so this was an April Fool's Day joke, and that's all finished now. However, due to popular demand, we're going to leave it online for a little while longer... just for laughs.)
A recent study revealed that 83% of pet-owners have prayed for their pets, at one time or another, with at least 13% admitting to praying regularly. We want to see this increase, which is we're launching PRAYER SPACES FOR PETS today.
The Bible says that "the righteousness care for the needs of their animals..." Proverbs 12v10.
We asked Phil Togwell, Director of Prayer Spaces in Schools, why he is so excited about this new project, and this is what he said;
"I've got two dogs, Jack and Ollivander, they're cockapoos - look here's a photo of them, aren't they cute? Anyway, I was praying the other day and Jack came and sat down next me and then he placed his paw on my arm. It was like he wanted to join in! I'm delighted that we're launching Prayer Spaces for Pets, and I'm sure that our new free-to-download pet-prayer activities will be widely used by pet-owners everywhere."
(Phil insisted that we include the following photo...)
The pet-prayer activities will be available soon, but here are a few examples;
1. LITTER TRAY
Resources: litter tray, poo bags, pooper-scooper
As your pet uses their litter tray, or 'does their business' outside, take a moment to consider how God wipes away our sin. Ask God to forgive your pet's naughty behaviour. (Those with pet fish may have difficulties with this one.)
"I have wiped out your transgressions..." Isaiah 44v22
2. WALKIES PRAYER
As you take your pet for a walk, take a moment to ask that God would guide your pet wherever he or she may roam that day.
"Teach me your paths..." Psalm 25v4
3. GIVE US THIS DAY OUR DAILY WHISKERS
Resources: bowl, food
As your pet eats his or her breakfast, take a moment and be grateful for God's provision, and maybe ask that God would meet your pet's every need that day.
"And whatever you ask in prayer, you will receive..." Matthew 21v22
4. PAWS (PAUSE) PRAYER
Encourage your pet to be still for a while (stroke her/him or bribe her/him with a treat if that helps). Use this moment to ask that your pet may know God is the stillness.
"Be still and know that I am God." Psalm 46v10
These, and many more pet-themed prayer activities will be available soon. In the meantime, perhaps you could come up with some of your own? If you use Twitter, please include the hashtag #prayerspaces4pets.