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The Power Of A Praying Parent !

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I love family's , and I know how hard it is to keep them stable in today's , if it feels good , then do it world ! But for those who have fear's about the troubles facing you're children these day's , I want to recommend a good book that will help give any parent insight , and direction in parenting . The book is called [ The Power Of A Praying Parent ] by Stormie Omatian ! Stormie has a great pastor in Jack Hayford , and is a mighty prayer warrior ! Most women are ! I hope you give this book a look when you are in the next book store . To all the parent's out there . God Bless You . Mike :boy_hug:
 
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Thank you Mike! My daughter is graduating today, and I am having flashbacks to all the 'first' times she left the safety of our home, the first time she crossed the road by herself, the first time she went for a bike ride alone, the first time on the school bus alone...and 17 years later, it still feels the same way to be standing here watching her go. A mingling of pride, and fears, and all those mixed emotions parents are familiar with.
I thank God that when our children are ready to fly, we can safely entrust them into the arms of our heavenly Father!


- a quote from Stormie

"Being a mother is the greatest of all privileges. And it is also the biggest of all responsibilities. It is the best of all jobs, while at the same time it is the most difficult of all jobs. Being a mother can bring you the highest joy. It can also cause the deepest pain. It can make you feel like a huge success when everything is going well. And cause you to feel like a failure when something goes wrong. I know this because in my nearly thirty years of being a mother, I have experienced all those things many times over. When I brought my first child home from the hospital a few days after he was born, I was painfully aware that I didn't know what I was doing. So I turned desperately to God for help. Every day. Sometimes on an hourly basis!

Through that time of depending on God to show me the way, I discovered that God doesn't want us to raise our children without His help. Of course He wants us to do our part and "train up a child in the way he should go", but He also wants us to look to Him to give us the wisdom, strength, and ability we need to do the job well. One of the most important parts of our job as a parent is to keep our children covered in prayer.

I believe that being a parent is becoming more and more difficult each year because of what our children are exposed to and bombarded with everywhere they turn. But we don't have to be worried sick, dreading what is around the corner, or fearing the worst. We don't have to be tossed to and fro by every new stage and age and trend and fad. We have the power to make a big difference in our children's lives through prayer. That doesn't mean we abdicate our responsibilities as parents. It means we partner with God to raise our children as we pray for every aspect of their lives. When we don't pray for them, we leave our children's lives up to chance.

Praying for our children doesn't mean that nothing will ever go wrong in their lives. But when it does, we don't have to beat ourselves up for not being perfect parents. Besides, it's not being a perfect parent that makes the difference in a child's life, for there are no perfect parents. It's being a praying parent that makes a big difference. And that's something we can all be."
 
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John 17 is a beautiful prayer example for parents! Listen to the words of Jesus as He speaks. He knew that His earthly, human influence on His 'childen' was fleeting, and the scripture tells us "He looked up toward heaven and prayed:"


• “I have revealed Your name to the men You gave Me from the world” (v. 6). Lord, I have introduced You and Your love to the hearts and minds of my children. They were Yours before You made them mine. They were a gift and I accept the responsibility to train them to respect and obey Your Word.

• “Now they know that all things You have given to Me are from You” (v. 7). I continually strive to reinforce the concept that everything I have has been given to me by You. Every blessing is a gift from You.

• “The words that You gave to Me, I have given to them. They have received them and have known for certain that I came from You. They have believed that You sent Me” (v. 8). I understand my responsibility to teach my family of Your love for them. Please give me the words each day to represent You to them, so that they will know with certainty that I am their parent because You chose me for them.

• “I pray for them. I am not praying for the world but for those You have given Me, because they are Yours” (v. 9). Lord, I do not pray for the world my children live in, but rather that You will give me the tools necessary to equip them for survival in this world. Help me to illustrate the purpose of following You.

• “All My things are Yours, and Yours are Mine, and I have been glorified in them” (v. 10). There have been times when I see evidence that you are working in my children’s lives. Help me to remember Your love for them and that they belong to You. Help me to always honor You in my parenting. Give me strength when I have to stand back while my children learn life lessons of their own.

• “I am no longer in the world, but they are in the world, and I am coming to You. Holy Father, protect them by Your name that You have given Me, so that they may be one just as We are” (v. 11). The day will come when I will no longer have a primary influence in my children’s lives. I will grow old while they are still active on this earth. Please protect them by the power of your name. Your salvation was revealed to me. Make it known to them as well, so that they might enjoy the same fellowship with You that I have been blessed with.

• “While I was with them I was protecting them by Your name that You have given Me. I guarded them and not one of them is lost, except the son of destruction, that the Scripture may be fulfilled” (v. 12). My life’s purpose is to protect and nurture my children while I am on this earth. I have embraced this responsibility and attempt to fulfill it each day. As a parent I hold to Your promise that no one is doomed to destruction unless they refuse to accept your gift.

• “Now I am coming to You, and I speak these things in the world so that they may have My joy completed in them” (v. 13). With each passing year I am closer to old age. With each year I see my children mature. I am writing this down so that they may one day see proof of my commitment to rear godly children. I want them to know for certain that I delight in having them for my children. I desire to leave a lasting legacy of honor for our God. My children are my legacy. My adoration for God grows exponentially because of the gift I have received in being a parent.

• “I have given them Your word. The world hated them because they are not of the world, just as I am not of the world” (v. 14). I have taught them Your principles and precepts. The world hates them for the wisdom You give them and the truths they know. They do not belong to the world. It is my hope that they will always search for Your guidance as they make decisions affecting their lives.

• “I am not praying that You take them out of the world, but that You protect them from the evil one” (v. 15). Place your arms around them, Lord, and protect them against the very one who seeks to destroy all good things in their lives.

• “They are not of the world, just as I am not of the world” (v. 16). May they always be distrusting of the things in this world that are harmful. May they see evil for what it is and have the strength to refuse it just as your Son did during His life in this world.

• “Sanctify them by the truth; Your word is truth” (v. 17). Give them authority over unwise choices by the truth of Your Word.

• “Just as You sent Me into the world, I also have sent them into the world” (v. 18). Give me the stamina needed to provide consistent training for my children to live for You. You will expect them to be productive in their walk. Help me to prepare them for adulthood.

• “I sanctify Myself for them, so they also may be sanctified by the truth” (v. 19). Remind me each day that one of my primary purposes is to win my children’s souls for You. Help me remember that I am witnessing to them of Your love and am an extension of Your wisdom each and every day.
 
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I am praying for your family Coconut . God will protect your children . Yes Burgeon . I have heard her testimony . She is a very powerful , and time-tested woman of God . I recommend all the Stormie Omatian reading to all our members . You will be very blessed by her books . :love: :boy_hug: Mike
 
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I will get the book. Prayer does help. My brother was going through a lot of stuff and getting into a lot of bad stuff. My mother just prayed for him every day and night. God helped to deliver him out of the trouble. Even though he has yet to turn his life over to Christ, we are still praying for him. Thank you for suggesting the book. I will definetly get it. God Bless you all and keep me and my family in your prayers.
 
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reborn2001 said:
I will get the book. Prayer does help. My brother was going through a lot of stuff and getting into a lot of bad stuff. My mother just prayed for him every day and night. God helped to deliver him out of the trouble. Even though he has yet to turn his life over to Christ, we are still praying for him. Thank you for suggesting the book. I will definetly get it. God Bless you all and keep me and my family in your prayers.
I as well as many others here will pray and stand with you for all your needs to be met . Be of good cheer ! God will make a way . Mike
 
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thank u Im going to go get the book as soon as I have enough money. Please pray for my daughter she is 23 yrs old and was brought up in church, but is now away from the Lord and is very angry at me for kicking her out. She wouldnt look for work and cursed at me was one of the reasons I kicked her out. I'm trusting the Lord that in His timing that she will come back to Him.
 
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Praying Like Hannah

I stood in my daughter's college dorm room, trying hard to be a brave mom. We'd just hauled computers, clothes, and crates to her room and her brother's on another floor. Both were starting their first year at a college four hours' drive from home.

I'd wanted to be like the Bible's Hannah, who praised God upon leaving her toddler son at the tabernacle. I didn't have toddlers—my children were 18 and 20. But the reality of the empty nest struck as my husband led us in a goodbye prayer. I stood there and sobbed.

Over the next few months, I couldn't quit thinking of Hannah. What gave her such composure? As I asked the Lord for insight, I discovered Hannah's story wasn't just about leaving her child. I saw a model for a woman's prayer life as Hannah went from "pressure prayers" to ones of permission, praise, and protection.

PRESSURE PRAYERS

Hannah entered biblical history grieving her infertility. Though her husband loved her, she felt like a failure for bearing no children. Her sorrow increased yearly as the extended family, including his second wife who produced many children, traveled to Shiloh for religious celebrations. While everyone else enjoyed the festivals, Hannah wept and refused to eat. Her pressured prayers for a son consumed her year after year.

Yet God didn't answer Hannah right away. The Lord says His ways are higher than our ways (Isaiah 55:8-9), and "pressure prayers" for our own agendas may go against His timing and purpose. He planned for Hannah's child to be a national leader within a special timetable.

There were periods in my life when I focused on the negatives—in recollecting those times, I identify with Hannah. God blessed me with a college education, a job, and friends. But for years I grieved having no husband. Like Hannah, I tried to tell God what to do and when to do it—the sooner, the better. Yet He wisely delayed marriage and children until my late thirties. Certainly one reason was the unexpected death of my parents when I was 31, which left me with huge responsibilities. By the time a husband and children came, I'd learned pressure prayers usually result from an immature faith.

PERMISSION PRAYERS

A vital shift occurred as Hannah prayed for a son. She called herself God's "maidservant," implying she saw herself as God's vessel instead of a deprived woman. Her prayer became "if you give me a son," not when. She gave God "permission" to leave her childless, but if He did send a son, she vowed to give him back to the Lord in lifelong service.

Essentially, her prayer acknowledged that God is all-wise and that she would yield to His wisdom. She adjusted her expectations. "Many plans are in a man's heart," says Proverbs 19:21, "but the counsel of the LORD will stand." God planned for Samuel to become a prophet and knew he would need a devoted, praying mother.

God worked on my capacity to pray "permission" prayers as my children faced problems in health or relationships. At first I "pressure-prayed" for God to take away my son's allergies. He loved outdoor sports like running but suffered physically throughout cross-country season. "Permis-sion prayers" aligned my thinking with God's use for this disappointment—to help my son strive for a personal best instead of winning first place, and to encourage other team members who lagged.

Similarly, when my daughter lost a close race for junior high vice president, I had to "permit" God to allow this defeat. Though I wanted her to be happy and win, I had to trust God to develop godly character amidst strong peer pressure. Five years later, at graduation, her loss was eclipsed when teachers voted her "Outstanding Senior Girl."

My hardest "permission" prayer came as we faced financing their college years on a teacher's pension. I prayed for a college where their faith would be nurtured. But God arranged for a secular university to offer generous scholarships, including one coveted full ride exceeding our annual pension. Permitting God to choose that campus meant allowing Him to plant my children where grass-roots Christian groups, not an administration, would lead their faith community.

PRAISE PRAYERS

Hannah's faith had its greatest expression after she placed Samuel's chubby little hand inside the wrinkled palm of Eli the priest. As this act fulfilled her vow of returning Samuel to God, her heart swelled with a magnificent song. First Samuel 2 praises God for His strength (v. 2), sovereignty (v. 3), justice (v. 4), wisdom and power (vv. 4-8), and protection. (vv. 9-10)

I wonder if she paused when she sang, "He keeps the feet of His godly ones" (v. 9). Whether or not she knew at that time of Eli's evil sons, Hannah praised God as able to employ Eli to guard, train, and use her child for His glory. Hannah's prayers helped build her son's spiritual fiber, seen years later in his statement to his nation: "Far be it from me that I should sin against the LORD by ceasing to pray for you" (1 Samuel 12:23).

Praise affirms what God wants to do. It invites His power into places we can't reach. "When we pray for our children," Stormie Omartian writes in For This Child I Prayed (Harvest, 2001), "we are asking God to make His presence a part of their lives and work powerfully in their behalf."

Praise helped me transform our family's 1996 nightmare of being hit by a drunk driver. As we healed physically and emotionally, praise centered on God for sparing us and for imprinting on my children the value of living for Him.

PROTECTIVE PRAYERS

Hannah didn't cease praying after she left Samuel at Shiloh. Each year she sewed him a bigger robe, which she delivered during the annual sacrifice. Surely, while sewing, she prayed for the women workers watching after her son and for Eli's influence.

Daily mothering can prompt protective prayers. Jean Fleming, in A Mother's Heart (NavPress, 1996), said that when she fed her children, she prayed for God to nourish their souls; while giving them baths, she prayed for spiritual cleansing; and while dressing them, she asked that they would be clothed in righteousness. I remember sorting newly laundered socks while meditating on Psalm 1 and asking God to help my children resist walking in the counsel of the ungodly.

As my son and daughter packed for college, I found myself sewing prayers like Hannah while I made each a new patchwork bedspread. On my knees on the living room floor as I tied 800 fabric squares, I prayed against evils they would encounter at a secular college.

I also realized I'd prayed protectively since their conception and babyhood. Even when they were toddlers, bedtime prayers included petitions for their future life-mate. All along—besides lifting urgent concerns like exams, contests, or health—I'd petitioned the Lord for their godly character. They grew up knowing a mom who prayed, sometimes with eyes open while driving them to school!

My tears at that college goodbye didn't mean I failed to be like Hannah. Many of us lack her composure, but God knows our tender heart. When a mother prays, He hears her requests, her praises, and her willingness to give Him permission to answer those prayers in her children's best interest.

Yes, a mother's job is never done—when she prays like Hannah.

—Jeanne Zornes
 
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