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Wandering Wednesday:Underfoot Prayer Partners

Laurens Kids Hands1Sometimes, because I love those moments so much, I have let great times of prayer go by because my "prayer partner" was not available. The Lord has been revealing to me over the past year how my children are my ever-present (as a homeschooling momma) prayer partners, and my, what an adventure of prayer we have been on.

My husband and I have read to our children the amazing stories of God's power since they were babies. They have heard countless times how He created the world from nothing, parted the sea, closed the mouths of hungry lions, made walls fall with trumpets, and the list goes on and on. My children know that our God makes the impossible possible.

We have also tried to protect them from the sin and ugliness in the world. I believe that the truths they have imbedded in their heads about the power of God and the lack of knowledge they have on the things of the world make our children amazing prayer partners. They know God for who he really is- All Powerful, and their faith is contagious.

As a homeschooling momma, I'm always in teaching mode. As I mulled over Jesus' words about "having faith like a child,"over the past year I have made a 

Laurens Kids Prayingconscious effort to fully listen and invest myself in my prayer times with them as I would a friend I was partnering in prayer with. Maybe you do that already. Prayer time for me with my children was not anything special- prayer before meals, before bed, when someone got hurt, but my heart wasn't fully invested in those prayers. I didn't realize it until the Lord opened my eyes to how blessed I could be through involving my children as partners with me in prayer.

I suggest being specific and ask for large requests in your prayers. He is "able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us" (Ephesians 4:20¬). I love this verse. The Spirit is at work in us, and the Lord blesses us beyond anything imaginable.

Pray.... Specific and Big and Often. Over the past year our family has been like the persistent widow Jesus talks about in Mark. We wanted to see our neighbor come to know Jesus. We prayed and prayed. Our boys were often led to share things about Jesus with him, and PRAISE THE LORD - he is now a believer! Our dear friends had tried to get pregnant for years, we prayed and prayed and PRAISE THE LORD, their first child is due in September! The list really goes on and on. These are some of the big things that I referred to. We pray specifically and often for a few main prayer requests.

Jesus said, "Ask and you shall receive, that your joy may be full" (John 16:24). Let me tell you that our family has experienced this "full" joy when we see the Lord answering our prayers. It's beyond the gratitude I usually give during times like those - to overflowing excitement that the Lord involved us in His work.

 

Lauren is a Jesus-loving, living on the edge-grasping for grace, homeschooling mom of 4 amazing kids. She is blessed to be married to Michael and after 10+ years of marriage loving each year more and more. Lauren and Michael have a heart for unreached people groups and love to share their passion for Jesus with the lost. You can meet our family at www.thegothros.blogspot.com.


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