Monday, September 10, 2007

Being a Prayer Example


Children copy their parents. If you pray, they will most likely pray. If you don’t then they probably will not pray.

They will follow our example. If we want them to grow up and be concerned for others, it would encourage them to see us concerned for others enough to pray for them and be and example for our children.

Take time to be that example and let it encourage and teach your children to pray.

Father, help us to be examples of prayer to our children. In Jesus’ Name, amen.

©2005 Lewis Turner

Victory to Overcome

I Peter 5:8

Have you ever watched a cat stalk a bird, they move with stealth then suddenly pounce on it.

The devil is like that cat, looking for opportunities to pounce on you with the intent to do you harm. I Peter 5:8 says "the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, looking for someone to devour." He could use a job loss, or he will fill you with hopelessness and despondency, and He will keep at it constantly. He wants you to accept defeat.

If we have a relationship with Christ, then He is with us when Satan attacks. The Bible says we have the victory "through our Lord Jesus Christ."* Don’t let Satan deceive you in thinking you are defeated. Let's thank God for the victory over Satan through our Lord Jesus Christ.

Father, thank you that you give us the victory to overcome the evil temptations. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

*I Cor 15:57

©2005 Lewis Turner

Specific Asking for Our Children


James 4:2

If you really wanted ice cream, when asked, but just said dessert, what might you get? It could be cake, fruit, pie, or something other than ice cream.

Often when we pray for our children, we are very general. A general prayer would be "Lord, bless my child today" or Lord take care of Jane". These prayers are heartfelt but don't state how you really feel and how you want your child blessed. The Bible says in James 4:2 "we have not because we ask not." Why don't we tell God what we really want for our children? You will be encouraged as you see God answer these specific prayers.

Father, encourage us as we obey your word and intercede for our children. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

©2005 Lewis Turner