As we prepared to leave for our annual trip to the mountains, I was not only preparing physically by packing all that we would need for a week. I was also preparing my heart to hear from God. Before you think I sound super spiritual about hearing from God, I prayed and asked God to open my heart to hear Him through my times of Bible reading and prayer, through the sermons I would hear, and through conversations I would have. I knew I felt God stirring in my heart about praying for my children and the kids in my community. I was not disappointed! The very first sermon the very first night was about prayer! God is so very, very faithful. As a Believer since nine years of age, I have seen the power of prayer at work. I know the power of prayer was at work before I was even born. Prayer paves the way, it changes people and circumstances. “Prayer is not an old woman’s idle amusement. Properly understood and applied, it is the most potent instrument of action.” Mahatma Gandhi and “To be a Christian without prayer is no more possible to be alive without breathing.” Martin Luther.
My heart has grown burdened over the last few months for all that I see and hear about concerning our children and all they seem to face. A new school year is just around the corner and the outside influences, good and bad, are there too. The devil does’t take a break and neither should I. It is time to take a stronger stand than ever. Having children will cause us to freak out or grow our faith (and most of the time its both)!!!! With some of the things I have personally seen and the things I have heard about from my own kids, I have decided something, “Not on my watch!” I am taking a stand. Not a “come join my whine and complain group”, rather a “stand in the gap” group. Philippians 4:6 (photo above) says it perfectly. Do not be anxious about ANYTHING, but in EVERY situation…. I love God’s Word and how it speaks to our exact needs.
Another verse that I have gone back to over the years when I have felt a sense of urgency is this one:
There is no magic in prayer. It is simply talking to God, in faith. It is also listening, in faith. Prayers are not always answered when and how we feel they should be. God’s way and timing is PERFECT.
Be unrelenting in your prayers for your children. Don’t settle. Don’t join the “gripe clubs”. Let’s push back the darkness not only for our own children, but for all that they will come into contact with.
***I will be posting verses and prayer starters on a regular basis to help you as you pray for your children and other children you know. In order to be as helpful as possible, what are the things you are finding yourself praying about for your children the most? Health, protection, self control……And I would love to hear how you have seen prayer work in your own family, please share your story. Be sure to indicate if I may share your story on my blog. I will also be sharing stories about answered prayer in our own family.
God Bless each of you praying mommas,