Powerful Parental Prayers
A church that doesn't pray is on a spiritual treadmill, lots of action and no progress. Prayer catapults us to the frontiers of what ever God is doing around the earth. The keys to prayer: express deepest thoughts to God, trust no matter what, and influence others for God.
What kind of father prepared John G. Paton for that kind of perseverance— another fifty years of rugged, faithful missionary labor? Paton's father, James, was converted at seventeen and immediately convinced his mother and father that the family should have morning and evening prayer together. Paton writes about his father:
"And so began in his seventeenth year that blessed custom of Family Prayer, morning and evening which my father practiced probably without one single avoidable omission till he lay on his deathbed at seventy-seven years of age. None of us can remember that any day ever passed unhallowed thus; no hurry for market, no rush to business, no arrival of friends or guests, no trouble or sorrow, no joy or excitement, ever prevented at least our kneeling around the family altar, while the High Priest led our prayers to God, and offered himself and his children there."
We Must Pray for Their Family Life:
- TO SEE THEM CULTIVATING A LOVE FOR THEIR BROTHERS AND SISTERS.
John 13:35 "By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another."
- TO SEE THEM LEARNING TO TRUST GOD WITH HARD SITUATIONS AND NOT TO REBEL.
Proverbs 3:5-6 "Trust in the LORD with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths." (NKJV);
- TO SEE THEM EACH LOVING THE WAY GOD MADE THEM AS MEN AND WOMEN. Psalm 13913-18 "…Fearfully and wonderfully made…"
- TO SEE THEM WAITING TO MEET GOD'S CHOSEN LIFE PARTNER FOR THEM.
Proverbs 31:10-12 "Who can find a virtuous wife? For her worth is far above rubies. 11 The heart of her husband safely trusts her; So he will have no lack of gain. 12 She does him good and not evil All the days of her life." (NKJV)
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