Praying for Keeps
“Ask and you will receive, and your joy will be complete.”
My (JCD’s) grandmother prayed for her six children throughout their formative years, but her youngest son—my father—was a particularly headstrong young man. For seven years following his high school graduation he rejected the teachings of the church. Yet my grandmother never stopped praying.
One evening my Uncle Willis, who loved Jesus passionately, went looking for my dad (who was visiting his parents’ home) as the family prepared to go to church. “Jim,” he said, “aren’t you going with us to the service tonight?” “No, Willis,” my dad said. “I’m through with all of that. I don’t plan to ever go back again.” Willis said nothing. But as my father sat looking at the floor, he saw big tears splashing on his brother’s shoes. I’ll go, my dad thought, just because it means that much to him.
At the service that evening, James Dobson Sr. invited Jesus Christ into his heart—a decision he never wavered from the rest of his life. God answered the prayers of my grandmother by placing a key person at a critical crossroads. If you pray with persistence and confidence, He will do as much for your children, too.
Before you say good night…
- Do you pray for your kids with persistence and confidence?
- How have your prayers already changed the lives of your children?
- How can you help each other to keep praying even when you’re tired or discouraged?
Lord Jesus, You have taught us to “pray always and not give up.” Strengthen us, Lord, to do this for our children. As long as You give us breath, help us to pray for the special lives You have entrusted us with, and to never give up or let up until we are all together in Your presence. Amen.
This devotional is taken from Night Light for Parents. Copyright © 2000 by James Dobson, Inc. All rights reserved. Used with permission.