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Discover the Book - Feb. 17, 2010

  • 2010 Feb 17

Praying Through Life For Those You Love


There is one tool God left us above all others that is ours alone to use. We are not forced, we are not obligated, we are just offered the single greatest source of unleashing spiritual power through our lives.


And what is that tool we can take or leave each day? It is the tool that keeps us connected to God, His Word, His plan, His power, and His Presence—the choice we make to talk to Him in prayer!


Prayer is the most powerful tool in the arsenal of weaponry that God has given us, to win spiritual battles. And marriage, discipling, parenting, and grand parenting are all in the context of a great, raging spiritual battle all around and within us, right? That brings us to:


Christ's Clearest Lesson


When Jesus left Earth and went back to heaven, what did those who were closest to Him remember about Him? What one aspect of His life did they see so often that they couldn't forget, and even more, wanted to copy? Or we could ask, what did the disciples choose to imitate from His life? Or, what was it about Him they couldn't get along without? Prayer, of course.


As Acts 6:4 reminds us, when the disciples made their first personal report on all they learned after 3 ½ years of personal discipleship in Christ's training they said, "We will give ourselves continually to prayer and the ministry of the Word."


How can we pray for our children?


We must pray in complete agreement as a couple, about our responsibility to cultivate integrity in their personal life:


1.      Seeing them maintaining a clear conscience I Timothy 1:5.

2.      Seeing them learning to stand alone Daniel 1:8.

3.      Seeing them seeking to stay pure I Peter 2:11.

4.      Seeing them cultivating a servant's heart Mark 10:44-45.

5.      Seeing them avoiding bitterness in trials Ephesians 4:30-32.


We must pray in complete agreement as a couple, about our responsibility to cultivate stability in their relational life:


1.      Seeing them loving their brothers and sisters I John 4:7-8.

2.      Seeing them trusting God with hard situations and not rebelling I Samuel 15:23a.

3.      Seeing them loving the way God made them as men and women Psalm 27:11.

4.      Seeing them waiting to meet God's chosen life partner for them II Corinthians 6:14. 


We must pray in complete agreement as a couple, about our responsibility to cultivate living for eternity during their earthly life.


  1. Seeing them choosing a life of contentment Philippians 4:11 
  2. Seeing them choosing a life of personally knowing, serving, loving and obeying the Lord 1 Chronicles 28:9 
  3. Seeing them choosing a life of consecration 1 Timothy 6:9-12 


God has shown us that the key to all that He has for us is found through prayer. If we are not praying regularly, and earnestly as a individuals and as a couple for our personal lives, our marriage and our family—we are not following His Divine plan laid down for us in His Word.


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