Monday, March 6, 2017

Helping Families Pray Through Psalms for Their Families

One of the most important things we can do for the families in our churches is to provide, and let them know about, resources which will help them pass on a legacy of faith to their children and grandchildren. Parents and grandparents are more influential in the lives of their children and grandchildren than we are, so everything we can do to help them make the most of the opportunities they have, the better it will be for their families and for the children they love. 

So, today I want to let you know about a resource you could use and recommend to the parents and grandparents in your church. This year I’ve been praying through the book of Psalms for my family. Each week I have a different passage from Psalms which I work through, praying specifically and intentionally each day focusing on a different portion of the passage for the week.

This week I’m praying through Psalms 107 – with the focus upon praying the following . . .

·         On Sunday I prayed my family will experience God’s goodness and love, will have thankful hearts and any who do not yet know Him, will have their hearts drawn to Him.
·         Today (Monday) my focus is upon praying they will trust God to hear when they call out to Him for grace.
·         Tomorrow (Tuesday) I will be praying my family will experience God’s love and grace and have hearts filled with joy, so they are quick to tell others about God.
·         Wednesday I’m praying when they experience the storms which come in our lives, they will be confident in trusting God to hear, help and lead them to a safe place.
·         Thursday I’m praying they will have eyes which see how God shows His unfailing love to them, so they will have thankful hearts.
·         Friday I’m praying when they experience difficult times, they will know they can call out to God and He will hear and help them.
·         Saturday I’m finishing the week in Psalm 107 by praying my family will remember all God does for them and will experience God’s joy when they think about these things.

I am certain my family will experience difficult times in their lives; we all do. So, praying for them to be able to experience, see and remember how God shows His love and grace to them seems to make a lot of sense to me. Praying through the book of Psalms is a wonderful way to help me focus my prayers for my family – I’m using my book Deeper in 4 Grandparents& Parents, Too! Praying the Scriptures for the Children You Love – Psalms Edition to guide me through the book of Psalms and help me pray intentionally for my family.

If you ask the parents and grandparents in your church if they pray regularly and intentionally for their children and grandchildren, you will likely find many who say they do not know how to do this. This book ill help guide them through praying i a focused, regular and intentional way for the children they love.

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