Monday, July 30, 2007

Prayer Changes Things

1Timothy 2:1, 3 (The Message)

The first thing I want you to do is pray. Pray every way you know how, for everyone you know…This is the way our savior God wants us to live.

More than anything, parenting takes courage. There is no going with the flow, no just trying to slide by, when it comes to raising kids.

As we enter the uphill battle of child rearing, we must trust the success of our parenting to God. Prayer is key. Sometimes situations are hard to see, and we feel like we are blindly tramping around. In raising kids in this day and age, we need to take all our needs before God and leave the results to Him. In prayer we plead our case before God, we get God’s perspective, and gain confidence and courage.

God doesn’t always answer our prayers in the way we hoped or expected, but we can trust that He will answer our prayer in the best way, not just sometimes, but every time.

As Gen X parents, we know that these are trying times to be raising children, but we must realize that we are parents now, not by chance, but by design. God has called us to parent specifically during this time in history.

Here are some scriptures for your parenting journey:

1. Prayers of need (Psalm 55:22, Jeremiah 17:7-8)

2. Prayers of thanksgiving (Psalm 40:5, Romans 11:33)

3. Prayers for seeking families (Matthew 11:25, Psalm 116:6-7)

4. Prayers for generations (Psalm 105:708, Psalm 100:5)

©Tricia Goyer

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