My heart is instructed to speak daily the Apostle Paul’s prayer for his beloved Church of the Thessalonians through Advent 2017— on behalf of my children and my children’s children. Will you join me? We cannot fathom the benefit of such solidarity in prayer to Almighty God for a faith legacy in our ensuing generations. May it be a prayer heard ‘round the world!
Make this Advent Season a powerful Pray It Forward season. An do so with confidence in the Sure Word of God. …so is the word that goes out from my mouth: It will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it. (Isaiah 55:11)
Meanwhile, I pray for YOU this Advent season— to be fully engaged with the ONE who has been sent and to fully hope in the ONE who will come once more!
A Faith Legacy Advent Prayer
May God himself, the God of peace, sanctify you through and through. May your whole spirit, soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. The one who calls you is faithful and he will do it. 1 Thessalonians 5:23-24
This morning I circled my local polling place in prayer—seven times around. I prayed for God’s mercy and His grace. I asked Him to raise his Divine Hand over America. I sought the Lord for repentance and restoration. I begged for His justice and righteousness to blanket our Nation. And, I entreated our Heavenly Father not to give us what we deserve. Scripture flowed from my lips and praise splashed out of my heart. All glory, honor and praise to our Sovereign and Mighty God. Amen and Amen!
I exhort you to follow suit in your our own community in the next 24 hours. Bring God Into the Moment at your own polling place. Better yet, Join God in His Moment for the sake of the USA and faith in our next generation.
But let justice roll on like a river, righteousness like a never-failing stream. Amos 5:24
“Too Little Too Late?”, you might be thinking. NOT! Just ask the boy with five loves and fishes (Matthew 14:13-21). Just ask Lazarus and his sisters Mary and Martha (John 11:38-44).
If you cannot do seven laps, do one. If you cannot walk, sit in your car in the parking lot. If you cannot leave the house pray at home. For all other can’t or won’t thoughts, consider Hebrews 10:39: But we are not of those who shrink back and are destroyed, but of those who believe and are saved.
“CIRCLE UP!”, dear ones. For the sake of faith in the next generation Bring God into your polling place and rest in Him. Let me know how you joined God in His will for our country and the nations of the world. It is Never Too Late on God’s watch!
Perhaps, it is the picture emblazoned in my mind of the the toddler immigrant who washed ashore on a Turkish beach. Perhaps, it is the disregard for the value of life on the Oregon college campus. Perhaps, it is the image of the twenty-five Russian children who met their earthly end in the Sinai Desert. Perhaps, it is the thought of nine year old Tyshawn Lee who was murdered by a Chicago gang or the silent six year old, Jeremy Mardis, who was riddled with police bullets while riding shotgun with his dad. Whatever, the PERHAPS, I shout to the Lord, Suffer Not the Children. And what is more, I exhort you to shout with me. Let us rise from our slumber and voice our prayer of outrage. Let us prevail upon God’s grace and mercy. Let us bypass cultural and societal fixes and surpass all humanitarian causes and efforts. The Bible says, Look to the Lord and his strength; seek his face always (1 Chronicles 16:11). Indeed, let us wholeheartedly seek the Lord on behalf of our young. He is our only Hope! O Sovereign and compassionate God, SufferNottheChildren!
As a wife, mother, grandmother and woman of faith, I recently compiled a list entitled 12 Things I Desire for our Children. These 12 Things…are the essence of Faith Feedings…12 principles to nurture you child’s spiritual development. The process of identifying these 12 things and committing them to writing has brought clarity to my passion for securing the conscience of the next generation for faith in God. They have become my prayer to our Heavenly Father for the sake a heritage of faith in our families.
It is in my heart to compile a new list. It will be called: 12 ConcernsMothershavefortheirChildren. I need your help. What concerns you regarding your children matters to me and it matters to God. So tell me…What concerns cross your mind as you tuck your children into bed or put them on the school bus? What are you thinking as they enter college, the military, or the work force? From what worldly ills do you wish to shield them? What frames your SufferNottheChildren prayer? Regrettably, words like danger, disease, terror, bullying, addiction, eating disorders, trafficking, and immorality are plaguing the physical, emotional and spiritual well-being of our families. Would you join me in clarifying our deepest concerns for our children before the Lord so that with one heart and mind we can seek God’s grace and mercy on behalf of the young in our midst. O Faithful and Merciful God—SufferNottheChildren!
OPP (opportunity for action): Share your mother’s heart concerns with me by either responding to this blog with a comment or emailing me privately at email@example.com. Just a word or a phrase is sufficient. Please note that I respect your privacy. In addition, please Forward this blog and Share it with your Facebook friends. Let us deliver our SufferNottheChildren request to God’s throne of grace as a multitude of Mothers and Grandmothers interceding for the children of America and the world. FornothingisimpossiblewithGod ( Luke 1:37).
Let it not be said that prayer has been taken out of our schools. Prayer has been legally mandated by our government to be formally removed from the public school forum and the results have been tragic. God, on the other hand, has called His people to pray in all places and circumstances…against such prayer there is no law (as with the fruit of the Spirit—Galatians 5:22-23)
September is Back to School Night month. I was always pleased to be in my child’s classroom and meet their teacher and the parents of their friends. This was especially true in the elementary and middle school years. As my daughter and son entered high school the dynamic changed. Suddenly, I was keenly aware of the competition and stress they faced in their school environment. The questions asked revealed that every parent in the room wanted to know how their child could succeed over my own. On these school observation days prayer was brought into each classroom as this mom earnestly asked God to intervene in the lives of all the students represented.
I exhort you to take prayer into your local schools—for the sake of the next generation. I offer the following guidelines for your own School House Prayer...
+ Thank God for the gift of our minds and our children’s capacity to learn.
+ Pray for those in authority over your children that they would respect your children and treat them with dignity.
+ Ask God to bless their Teachers with a desire to honor each child regardless of their giftedness, race or religious background.
+ Ask God to intervene in the hearts of children who come to school from broken homes, fragmented families, and overwhelming circumstances.
+ Pray that God will influence and inspire your student to flourish within their school’s framework.
+ Beg God to rid the halls of public learning of foolish philosophies and wayward ideas.
+ Beseech God to provide protection and peace for all who are within the school house walls.
One year short of a decade ago, a young man shot 11 females with a 9 millimeter hand gun. Five of them died. The tragedy happened at the West Nickel Mines School in Lancaster County, PA. I am a frequent visitor to that lush and blessed region of our state. Over the years my mind has recorded many pictures of Amish children walking through the fields to school. Within seven days of the incident I went to the area to pray for the families of Nickel Mines…including the family of the shooter. When I drove down White Oak Road I was stunned to find that there was not a trace of the school or the outbuildings, play yard and fence. Only the sprayed green grass seed over the plot alerted me to the site of the slaughter and maiming of innocent girls. All outward signs of the Nickel Mines School may be gone, but we know that the pain of Nickel Mines continues.
As far as it depends on you and I, may it be said that prayer has not been removed from the halls of public education. Let us join together to build a wall of prayer around our schools. If not us, then who will pray the School House Prayer?
In the morning, O Lord, you hear my voice:
in the morning I lay my requests before you and wait in expectation. Psalm 5:3
OPP (opportunity for action): Let’s compile a list of the schools represented in our communities. Reply with the name of the schools your “next generation” attend. Together, let’s put prayer back in our public schools!
When I see a school bus I picture in my mind an egg crate. They both provide transport for fragile cargo. I do not just refer to the children’s safe travel to school. In truth, the dangers in school put our children at greater risk than the ride to school.
A pediatrician once advised me to keep my children at home in the pre-school years. His caution highlighted the need to strengthen our little ones in our own ideologies, beliefs. and family expectations before sending them into the mix. Today we would call this doctor “old-school”! Although my children did attend pre-school, I have never forgotten the wisdom of Dr. Barr’s admonition to secure the heart and mind of my child.
Decades later, I find myself with a passion for securing the conscience of the next generation for faith in God. I encourage young moms to cultivate and nurture faith in their homes. Expose your next generation to the ways of the Lord. Beyond all else, be passionate about imparting the knowledge of God’s love for each of your children. You can be sure that they will need this assurance on the first step out of the school bus door!
Fall is School Bus season. Pray for the children at the bus stops in your community that they be rooted and built up in the faith as (they) were taught and overflowing with thankfulness. Colossians 2:17
And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:7
A School Bus Prayer
Dear God, would you guard the heart and mind of my children in Christ today? Deliver them safely to and from their school. May they be met with your favor through teachers that honor and respect them. Surround them with peers that will encourage them and be a positive influence on their character. I pray a hedge of protection around them physically, emotionally, and spiritually. Lord, would you shield their eyes and ears from anything that would lead them into harm’s way or away from faith in You? And one more thing, Lord, may they be an instrument of your peace and hope in their own generation. In Jesus’ Name, AMEN
OPP (opportunity for action) Pray this prayer for the classmates and friends of your children. Invite them into your home. Be available for car pooling and chaperoning if you are able. Look for ways to encourage those whom God places around your family. Let’s cover the school bus stops across our nation with a plea to God on behalf of the hearts and minds of our children. Pray for the walkers too! Moms In Prayer is dedicated to praying for school children across the America. See if there is a group near you. If not, start one—for the sake of the children within the boundaries of your own faith influence. http://www.momsinprayer.org