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Monday, May 11, 2009

Chapter One/Becoming A Praying Parent

"Lift your hands toward Him for the life of your young children."
Lamentations 2:19

Today is Monday.......Are you praying for our children???????

I really enjoyed reading this chapter. I highlighted some of the main points of the first chapter. Did you relate to something that you read in this chapter? Did something in this chapter help you in regards to something you are going through right now? Did you make a detailed list of things about your child to pray about? Are you using a journal and if so, have you had any prayers answered yet? Are there children that you know of that are not covered in prayer? If so, please let me know, so I can add them to our list. ****Please go to the comment section to discuss or elaborate any thoughts concerning Chapter One. Tomorrow night I will post a few things from the study guide. Remember, you can comment anonymously. It will be VERY boring if I am the only one to comment or share. I learn from others, so please help me out!

*Parenting: We feel successful when all is going well and we feel like a failure when all is wrong.

*God is the expert parent. Turn to Him for help, one step at a time.

*Praying can make a positive difference in our children's future.

*It's never too late to start!

*At every stage in their lives, our children need prayers. Cover the details of our children's life in prayer.

*Without God, we are desperate to repeat the mistakes of our past and to mimic what we've observed.

*God wants us to entrust our children to Him on a daily basis. Then, He can take care of our worry and fear.

*God will take our burdens and provide wisdom, power, protection, and ability.

*Our jobs are to discipline, teach, nurture, "train up a child in the way he should go," knowing that "when he is old, he will not depart from it." (Proverbs 22:6)

*We can cover our children in prayer and release them into God's hands. Then, he will release our minds from that particular concern.

*God doesn't promise that nothing bad will never happen, but praying will release the power of God to work in their lives and give us more peace of mind.

*Don't force your plans on God. Ask God to show and help you pray for your child.

What Is Prayer and How Does It Work?
*Prayer is acknowledging the and experiencing the presence of God and inviting His presence in our lives.

*Seek God's presence!

*God can give us the means to overcome any problem.

*God will give us the power to bear everything we are praying about.

*Major Key to God's Power: Praying in the name of Jesus!

Jesus said, "Most assuredly, I say to you, whatever you ask the Father in My name, He will give you." John 16:23

*Praying in the name of Jesus gives us authority over the enemy.

*God knows our thoughts and our needs, but he responds to our prayers.

*That doesn't mean there is an immediate response, but our prayers are never lost or meaningless.

*If we are praying, something is happening whether we can see it or not.

*All that needs to happen in our lives cannot happen without the presence of God.

Begin With A Personalized List
"He has blessed your children within you." Psalms 147:13

*Every detail in life is important to God.

*Pray for concerns of the moment, the future, and the effects of the past.

*Make an extensive, personalized, and detailed list for each child.

*Include concerns for each of your children.

*God knows the needs of your children and what challenges they will face in the future.

God's Word As Your Weapon
"God's word is living and powerful and sharper than a two-edged sword." Hebrews 4:12

*When we don't pray, we are sitting on the sidelines watching our children in a war zone.
When we do pray, we are in the battle beside them covering them with God's power.

*Encourage your children to learn and quote, "I can do all things through Jesus Christ who strengthens me." Philippians 4:13

*When you pray for your children, incorporate the verse, "The righteous cry out and the Lord hears and delivers them out of their troubles." Psalm 34:17

*Gods word: guides us, speaks to us, reminds us He is faithful, builds faith in our hearts, and enables us to understand his heart.

"Get behind me, Satan! For it is written you shall worship the Lord your God and Him only shall you serve." Luke 4:7-8

"If you abide in Me and My words abide in you, you will ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you." John 15:7

*Resist the devil by praying for God's direction. If we Watch Him, Walk with Him, Wait on Him, Worship Him, and Live in His word then we will WIN this battle for our children!

*God has a perfect plan for our children's lives, but Satan has a plan too. A plan to destroy by using any means possible. DISSIPATE Satan's power by prayer! "Resist the devil and he will flee from you." James 4:7

*Pray with fervency and passion for our young ones and look forward to prayers being answered.

When Answers Don't Come
*The hardest part of praying is waiting for our prayers to be answered.

*Don't give up when things seem hopeless! Stand strong and say, "I've only begun to fight!"

*Your fight is not with your child, it is with Satan. He is the enemy not your child. Stand strong in prayer until you see a break through in your child's life.

*If there is anger or unforgiveness, tell God. If you feel disappointed or hopeless, state it clearly. Ask for God's forgiveness and ask Him to guide you toward your next step.

I Said "Praying" not "Perfect"
*None of us are perfect, so how can we be perfect parents? It's becoming a praying parent that makes the difference.

*If you know of a child that does not have a praying parent, step into the gap and answer that need. YOU can effect a change in the life of any child you care about.

*Submit yourself to God and ask Him to help you become the parent and intercessor that He wants you to be!


Shanan said...

I love the verse, "I can do all things through Jesus Christ who gives me strength." My mom enstilled that in me at an early age and it is just something that comes right out of my mouth before facing a trial or situation that I cannot handle on my own. This weekend, before we walked into Sophi's event, we prayed those words too. I can only hope that I can enstill the word into my children as my mom and grandmother have in me.

Anonymous said...

I never really thought about Satan having a plan too. Our children need our prayers more than ever.

Ray, Brandi and Our Girls said...

I love this site Shanan. You are such a blessing. Please put the girls on your prayer list. I'm going to pick the book up tomorrow.

Rhea Anne said...

Shanan... I think this is a great idea. I would love to have people praying for my children. Jiles (6)-Lennon (6 months) Korea at the moment. She should be home around August or September. Praying for your girls as well. :)

Britany said...

I absolutely love this site! I have read it twice now, and gone through my book to make sure I didn't miss anything! The part that really touched me a lot was on pg 16, "Our Children's lives don't ever have to be left to chance!" and goes on to explain the importance of prayer at every point in there life. I am a worrier by nature, and sometimes as life speeds by, its hard to remember to stop and pray instead of worry. This lesson is exactly what I need right now!

I can't wait to explore this further & share with everyone!

thanks again! you are such a blessing!