Praying is something we all know we need to do, but it is also something many of us struggle with. We may feel like our prayers do not even make it through the ceiling above us and do not know what to say or how to pray. Our lives are busy, so finding the time to pray can be a challenge which we may not overcome and then days go by without us spending time in prayer.
More often than not, this is true for the parents and grandparents in your church as well. While there are certainly parents/grandparents in your church who are committed prayer warriors, there are also many who struggle with prayer.
Yet, we know prayer is important. We know, especially in this day and age, we - and our grandchildren (and children) need all the prayer we can get. We want to be people who pray; and people who pray deeply, but are not sure how to be this kind of person.
Well, please allow me to help you. I understand these feelings about prayer and struggled many years to be a person who prayed. Then one Sunday I heard Dr. Ed Dobson preach about how the best way to pray is to pray Scripture. This made sense to me, so being a writer, I started at Genesis and worked my way through the Bible to Revelation. Whenever I came to a passage I could pray, I wrote it out as a personalized Scripture prayer and divided it into seven parts, so I would be able to pray the passage more deeply by praying each portion over a week's time. This allowed me to pray regularly and to pray Scripture more deeply by spending a week praying through each passage!
When I became a grandma, I went back through these personalized Scripture prayers and added a prayer for my grandchildren (and children). I combined these prayers into two books, so far. One takes Scripture passages from the Old Testament and provides 52 weeks of personalized Scripture prayers for me to pray for myself, my adult children and my grandchildren. The other is focused on praying passages from the Book of Psalms and provides 52 weeks of personalized Scripture prayers as well.
So, with 2017 just being around the corner, I'd like to challenge and encourage you to commit to be a person who prays the Scripture more deeply for yourself, and for the people you love; and challenge the parents and grandparents in your church to do the same. We do not know what 2017 holds for us; the world seems to be very unsettled, to say the least. But, we do know Who holds the future and we can be people who talk with Him every day! We can be people who lift up those we love, every day in focused, deep prayer!
You will find my books at these links - Deeper In 4 Grandparents & Parents, too! Praying the Scriptures for the Children You Love - Psalms Edition and Deeper In 4 Grandparents & Parents, Too! Praying the Scriptures for the Children You Love - Old Testament Edition. Each of these sell for $15.49 (and shipping) and are available for you at those links. Or, you could order direct from me if you are interested in the Psalms Edition at a special price of $10 per book (and $4 shipping) . . . at least the first 30 of you could! Contact me at my email - firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to buy Deeper In 4 Grandparents & Parents, Too! Praying the Scriptures for the Children You Love - Psalms Edition directly from me.
Make 2017 the year where you pray deeply for your walk, for your ministry and where you challenge the parents and grandparents in your church to do the same!