The Unusual Way I Pray for My Grandchildren
Joe McKeeverJoe McKeever says he has written dozens of books, but has published none. That refers to the 1,000+ articles on various subjects (prayer, leadership, church, pastors) that can be found on his website -- joemckeever.com -- and which are reprinted by online publications everywhere. His articles appear in a number of textbooks and other collections. Retired from "official" ministry since the summer of 2009, Joe stays busy drawing a daily cartoon for Baptist Press (www.bpnews.net), as an adjunct professor at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, writing for Baptist MenOnline for the North American Mission Board, and preaching/drawing/etc for conventions and churches across America. Over a 42 year period, McKeever pastored 6 churches (the last three were the First Baptist Churches of Columbus, MS; Charlotte, NC; and Kenner, LA). Followed by 5 years as Director of Missions for the 135 SBC churches of metro New Orleans, during which hurricane katrina devastated the city and destroyed many churches. Joe is married to Margaret, the father of three adults, and the proud grandfather of eight terrific young people. He holds degrees from Birmingham-Southern College (History, 1962), and New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary (Masters in Church History, 1967, and Doctorate of Ministry in Evangelism, 1973). Joe's father was a coal miner who married a farmer's daughter. Carl and Lois McKeever, both of whom lived past 95 years of age, produced 6 children, with Joe and Ronnie being ministers. Joe grew up near Nauvoo, Alabama, and attended high school at Double Springs. Joe's life verse is Job 4:4, "Your words have stood men on their feet."
- 2016 Mar 16
“Faithful is He who called you, and He will bring it to pass.” (I Thessalonians 5:24)
If God starts something, He will see it through to the end.
And that’s why I pray the way I do:
Lord, these are your children. They would not exist without Your love. Had you not laid it on my wife’s heart to adopt a foreign child, and later pulled me to the same decision, their mama would still be in Korea and these three granddaughters would never have been born.
Therefore, Lord, I feel a special confidence in interceding on their behalf. They are your responsibility. They were your doing. They are yours.
So, I ask you to watch over them.
The one person who should have watched over them failed miserably and became their worst nightmare. We thank You that he is out of the picture now (and as always we pray for his salvation). But they need you in a huge way.
Help them, Lord.
When God births a project, He has a vested interest in seeing it through to completion. Here’s how Paul put it: “…being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ.” (Philippians 1:6).
Did God call you into the ministry? You have every right to return to Him again and again asking for direction and then provision.
Did God send you to that church? You have every right to seek His counsel on how He would like things done in that congregation which He calls His own (Matthew 16:18).
Did God lead you to that person and bless your union? You have every right to drop to your knees repeatedly seeking His blessing upon the marriage, His direction about the family, and His provision for your home.
Did God save you? You are His child. Calling on Him for guidance and blessing and wisdom–and ten thousand other things–is not an intrusion into His plans nor a presumption. It is your right as His child.
My children are not interrupting me to ask my help in doing the very things I have asked of them.
My employees are not bothering me to ask for my assistance or further counsel in the project they are doing for me.
This is the Lord’s work.
We are the Lord’s people.
“He who did not spare His own Son but delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not also with Him freely give us all things?” (Romans 8:32)
So, come on and ask. Ask His blessings. Ask His direction. Ask for provisions.
Let none say of you, “You have not because you ask not.”
Ask and you shall receive.
Publication date: March 16, 2016