5 items tagged "prayer"

  • Be the spiritual thermostat

    “Prayer turns ordinary parents into prophets who shape the destinies of their children, grandchildren, and every generation that follows.” -Mark Batterson

    One of the greatest gifts you can give your children, or grandchildren, is to show them what it means to love Jesus with your own life. Be a living example of a life shaped and anchored in prayer. There is a laundry list of reasons why we may not take prayer seriously, or only go to prayer during those ASAP moments. We need a fresh love again for prayer! How about as parents, we lift the bar on prayer in our homes, and teach our children what it means to call upon the name of the Lord, no matter what our circumstances? If we want our children to follow Jesus as adults, then let’s make it a priority for ourselves to follow and love Jesus with authenticity and passion.

    You are the spiritual thermostat in your home. Let’s keep it hot by persevering in prayer!

    How have you been shaping your children and grandchildren’s destinies?

  • Bedtime Prayers

    Bedtime routines with little ones can be exhausting! There is bath time, finding the “perfect” pajamas, brushing teeth, cleaning up toothpaste smeared on the sink, kids arguing over which book to read (which always leads to reading more books than planned), tucking them in, and finally, you’re ready to turn off the lights! It’s a busy, tiring, and at times frustrating routine, and it has also become one of my favorite routines of the day. In these chaotic moments, God has provided a window of opportunity for us to connect to the hearts of our children and to pray with them…right in the middle of this busy routine! Since my oldest was born, every night after I tuck my kids in, I pray a simple prayer over them. I have prayed the same prayer now for seven years over each of my children. It’s the most important part of our bedtime routine. It’s rarely ever missed, and my kids now make sure of that. Deuteronomy 6 gives instruction for parents to impress truth upon the lives of your children at home, as you go, and when you lie down and get up. We must seize these moments as opportunities to model to the next generation what it means to follow Jesus Christ. ‘Seize the moment’ means you need to grasp hold of it’; no matter how tired, frustrated, annoyed, etc. you may be…seize these bedtime moments to impress God’s truth and pray with your children. They’ll love it and keep you going. Couple suggestions to pray with your kids:

    Pray for…

    • Peace

    • Forgiveness

    • Patience

    • To know God intimately

    •Family members, friends, and neighbors.

    Your bed-time prayer does not have to be long or flowery; just allow it to be genuine and intentional. Just for fun, here is the prayer I do with my kids…

    “I pray the Lord opens your eyes, so you can see Him. That He opens your ears, so you can hear him. He touches your mind, so you can know Him. He touches your mouth, so you can speak of Him. He opens your heart, so that you may love Him. He blesses your hands, so that you may do His work!”

    I have said this simple prayer at bedtime over 2,500 times since becoming a father. I trust the Lord has not only heard them but will continue working in my children’s lives in response to them. There is tremendous power in prayer! So, before you turn off the lights, make sure to seize the moment and bless your children!

  • Fiery Prayers

    "Prayer, without fervor, stakes nothing on the issue, because it has nothing to stake.  It comes with empty hands.  Hands, too, which are listless, as well as empty, which have never learned the lesson of clinging to the cross...Prayers must be red hot.  It is the fervent prayer that is effectual and that availeth.  Coldness of spirit hinders praying; prayer cannot live in a wintry atmosphere.  Chilly surroundings freeze out petitioning; and dry up the springs of supplication.  It takes fire to make prayers go...Yet fire is not fuss, nor heat, noise.  Heat is intensity--something that glows and burns.  Heaven is a mighty poor market for ice."--E.M. Bounds

    What is the atmosphere of your heart?  We're careless when it comes to being watchful of what season we've allowed our hearts to enter.  For the one who follows Jesus, shouldn't our hearts and the way we pray, always be in the season of summer?  Winter is dreary, cold, and dead.  Let that never be a condition of our lives! 

    We have a new spirit, let us approach God with a passion and confidence that nothing is impossible for Him!  Nothing.  Leave your doubts in winterand let your prayers begin to take fire!

     

     

     

     

  • Light The Lamp

    "Oh lord, please light the fire,
    That once burned bright and clean.
    Replace the lamp of my first love,
    That burns with holy fear."

    (Oh Lord, Your beautiful)

     

    My prayers have been simple lately, "Jesus, set my heart aflame for You."  Everyday, all day, this is where I desire my heart to be.  There are so many distractions and things in life that can take our attention and focus, but only Jesus can truly captureand ignitethe heart!  If you find yourself in a place of boredom and apathy, my encouragement for you is to get that lamp aflame again.  The apostle Paul says that when we are baptized into Christ, we have then put on Christ Jesus.  This is the Christian lifestyle.  My agenda is now different.  The way I view my world is now completely different.  My heart is only given over to one Master, not a multitude. 

    The question is, are we willing to proceed in life without His presence?  Are you willing to settle for religion, rather than transformation?  Let your first love, be the way you always love. 

     

     

  • Praying with your children

    No matter how old your children are, it’s never too late to begin praying with them. Here are a few
    ideas to help you get started.


    Newspaper prayer: Have each family member take a portion of the newspaper and circle items that he
    or she feels need to be prayer for. Then ask family members to pray for the things they circled.


    Sentence Prayer: You can help your children pray aloud by giving them a sentence to complete, such as:


    “Lord, I thank you for…”
    “Lord, forgive me for…”
    “Lord, help my friend…”
    “Lord, help me to let go…”


    Highs and Lows: Ask your children what their “highs” were from the day, and then ask them about their
    “lows” from the day. Share your highs and lows as well, and than pray about them together.


    Prayer Journal: Share your prayer requests with the other members of your family, and then record
    them in a prayer journal. One person can pray for all the requests you’ve listed for the day. The next
    time you pray together, look over the requests you listed previously, and update any changes and
    answers. This is a good way to see how God has been active in your prayer lives.


    Remember that prayer is just a conversation with God. Let your children hear you talking with God
    about your day, your concerns, and your joys, and then ask them to do the same.


    Adapted from Faith Begins at Home by Mark Holmen

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