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Friday, March 24, 2017

Pray for Families (The Greatest Gift)

Greetings Prayer Warriors,

The LORD is our God, the LORD alone! Therefore, you shall love the LORD, your God, with your whole heart, and with your whole being, and with your whole strength. Take to heart these words, which I command you today. Keep repeating them to your children. Recite them when you are at home and when you are away, when you lie down and when you get up.  Deuteronomy 6:4-7

This passage reminds me of the fact that the laws of God from the beginning were passed down through the family orally.   In the days of old, and even after Christ, the Word was passed down through the generations through the family.  So we should all ask ourselves, are we continuing to pass on our faith orally to our families, discussing God’s promises, living according to his commandments, and helping them to develop a personal relationship with Christ?  Or are we at most just handing them a bible (or an app for their tablet) and hoping they read it?  Do we take them to church or have other priorities taken over? Maybe the faith was not passed down to us or we weren't open to receiving it, so we need a little education ourselves. 

An interesting fact is that the number of people who label themselves as Christian is declining.*  If we don’t pass on our faith, many will never experience the joy of knowing Christ.  It all begins in the family. So if we hope to build a nation that exists in peace and unity, we need to spread the gospel, the GOOD NEWS, beginning with our children and our children’s children.  A relationship with the Lord changes EVERYTHING. So begin with yourself and pass it on!

We ourselves are proclaiming this good news to you that what God promised our ancestors he has brought to fulfillment for us, (their) children by raising up Jesus. Acts 13:32-33

Put your prayer into action and share the gospels with your family.  Learn together and together you will find unity.  Good News is an amazing gift!

Peace, Joy, and Love,

Share the joy. Pass it on!  

*Pew Research Center, 2015

Monday, March 20, 2017

Pray for Marriages (Blind to the Truth)

Greetings Prayer Warriors,

While flying home recently, I thought I’d be a good wife by giving my husband the aisle seat while I took the middle.  It’s the little things that count, right?  Within one minute, I knew my husband owed me BIG TIME because the woman seated next to me, although very nice, was EXTREMELY chatty. When I politely tried to end the conversation with her, she would observe what I was reading or doing and comment on it to reinitiate the conversation.  By the end of the flight, I knew her whole life story.

The woman was a vibrant 70 years old widow who owned her own business. She was living with another women’s husband who was 52 and a father to two grade school aged boys.  Apparently his wife screams a lot she confided to me, justifying his behavior.  My seatmate called this man her “boyfriend” and said that she didn’t see anything wrong with it, because she was so much older than this man.  I did not ask her to elaborate because frankly, I didn’t want to know more.  

The one you have now is not your husband. What you have said is true.” John 4:18

Most of us have known someone who has dated a married man or woman.  Often, they find nothing wrong with their behavior, and try to justify their actions, blinding themselves to the wrong.  May we have the courage to speak the truth in love to those who stray.  Let us to pray for the light of Christ to shine in all marriages that are clouded from reality. May darkened minds be illumined with clarity and light. Let us also pray also for the spouses victimized by their husband’s/wife’s infidelity. May the Lord bring healing, reconciliation, and peace.  Good Shepherd, come quickly to find the sheep that have wandered away, those who have become stuck in the thicket, and those are crying in pain. 

Take no part in the fruitless works of darkness; rather expose them, for it is shameful even to mention the things done by them in secret; but everything exposed by the light becomes visible, for everything that becomes visible is light. Therefore, it says: “Awake, O sleeper, and arise from the dead, and Christ will give you light.” Ephesians 5:11-14

You have been purchased at a price. Therefore, glorify God in your body. 
1 Corinthians 6:20

Continue to light our darkened paths Lord!

Peace, Joy, and Love,

Prayer can sooth an aching heart and illuminate a darkened soul. So pray and pass it on!

Friday, March 17, 2017

Pray for Families (An Irish Prayer)

Greetings Prayer Warriors,

The LORD bless you and keep you! The LORD let his face shine upon you, and be gracious to you! The LORD look upon you kindly and give you peace! Numbers 6:24-26

Let us give thanks for the blessings of the Lord!

In honor of St. Patrick’s Day, know that I have prayed this Irish Prayer for each of you.

May God give you...
For every storm, a rainbow,
For every tear, a smile,
For every care, a promise,
And a blessing in each trial.
For every problem life sends,
A faithful friend to share,
For every sigh, a sweet song,
And an answer for each prayer.

Peace, Love, and Joy,

Now pray this for each family member and then pass it on!