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Then in August of 2000, I had to go on a three hour trip to visit a client who owed us $40,000. Unfortunately, my efforts were unsuccessful. Fortunately however, as I was returning, I was listening to praise music in my car as well as reviewing Bible verses on index cards and praying using the ACTS format (Adoration, Confession, Thanksgiving, and Supplication). I guess it was a miracle I did not have an accident. As I was praying, God placed in my mind the concept of a Prayer Path ™. A Prayer Path™ would be a series of signs that could be put in parks, schools, churches, campgrounds, and even neighborhoods. People who would normally just stroll or jog through these areas thinking perhaps about their daily worries or to do lists would now perhaps be encouraged to instead focus on God and engage in a conversation with him even if just for the time that they pass these signs. Ephesians 6:18 instructs us "And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and keep on praying for all the saints." While many of us know we need to pray more, sometimes we just need to be gently reminded. For those who do not pray or even know God, maybe the Holy Spirit has been working on them, and the Prayer Path ™ would then just be another invitation to those individuals to accept God’s invitation to get to know him. In any event, each individual walk along the Prayer Path ™ would be a unique positive experience, not only for any one individual, but also for any specific day.

In addition to the Prayer Path ™ concept, during the same ride home, God also placed in my mind the concept of Biblical Memory Panels. In the playground industry, a memory panel for children consisted of two sets of nine images placed on round plastic cylinders which two children took turns turning and matching. The standard image the industry used for this was traffic signs. Why this was used for young children I never fully understood. What if instead of those images, there were colorful antimated images of important Biblical characters and stories. Stories that reinforced God’s word and Biblical truths. Stories that could be told, explained and passed down from parents to children, teachers to children, pastors and church workers to children, even children to children. Stories that even told the story of Jesus Christ and path of salvation.

Excited and humbled at these concepts running through my mind, I could not wait to arrive home. Upon getting there, I immediately went up to my desk, opened the Bible and asked God to remove me from any preconceived notions I had regarding both the Prayer Path ™ and Biblical Memory Panels. I asked God to let me simply put down on paper what he wanted on these items. The words and verses on the Prayer Path ™, and the image topics on the Biblical Panels today are what I wrote down on that paper that night.

 

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