This month, as I work on the area of love, I felt God really pressed on my heart to learn to PRAY for my family. So I looked through my books to maybe help me along the way and I pulled these two out.
These two books have about a month’s worth of prayers that you can pray for your husband and children. Some of these areas I forget about easily because I am so self-focused at times. I want them to be prayers that truly benefit them, not myself, so it’s been neat working through the different prayers so far. Not only am I praying these things privately, I seem to be praying them while I am with them, especially right before bed.
Who do I get the closest to when I pray?
It’s amazing, as you start handing things over to Him and allowing Him to work, how much more life you have yourself. I was actually reading today, after discovering this earlier, Elizabeth’s George’s book,A Woman After God’s Own Heart®
. Her whole book is about priorities and the first four chapters talk about making God your ultimately priority and how to do that practically. She has a chapter on prayer which talks about the benefits you receive from praying consistently. One of those things: a closer heart to God. What a way to love God and express things to Him!
And, honestly, I can’t live and be a great wife or mom without Him and so I need His presence. I’ve tried to not pray and it can get real messy real fast. I am so inwardly selfish that when I finally pray and surrender myself to God, my thoughts are no longer just mine, but His. Praying helps me realize what is really going on, what is at stake, what to focus on and what really matters.
So the best way for me to love my family is to pray for them. And as I pray for them, my love for them increases! Not only pray for them, but pray for myself and whatever else God lays on my heart!
This is a discipline we need! A discipline I need! Why do we so easily push it aside and say we will do it later? Do it now, before it is too late! Amen?
I realized, too, that I haven’t believed that God could possibly work through my prayers. What a lie. This past week one of my prayers was just asking God to break my unbelief and to KNOW without a doubt that He hears the cries of my heart. Not only should we pray, we should believe. Real hope, not desperate unsure will-you-come-through-hope. WE need to trust that He will help. Trust that He truly has it all together when we clearly don’t.
I pray in the morning and, honestly, I find that right around 2pm I need another moment of just refocusing and praying again! No wonder Daniel in the Bible prayed so much. He wanted his life to line up with God’s! (When I talk about this part of prayer I mean totally focused. Not just during the day, throughout the day, but fully focused on just communing with God without distraction.)
As I begin this prayer journey this month, I hope you will join me. Pray for your husband and kids more. Take at least 5 minutes each day. If you have either of the two books above, pull them off your shelf and see how much it helps you! Commit for the next 30 days just to pray for your loved ones. It will do your heart good!
Be inspired today!
I read this the other day and had to laugh. I am not the only one feeling pressed to pray more! Beth Moore’s heart being stirred.
Be encouraged! Be inspired! Trust in Him! Have a blessed day!
Oh! I forgot to mention! Around Valentine’s Day I will be giving away Love Without Limits. If you are interested or know anyone else who is, I’ll keep you posted!