Sunday, April 16, 2017

God's Gift to Us & A Prayer to Share

Life! The gift God gives us through Jesus' death and resurrection. No longer do we have to try to pay for our sins by keeping a list of rules none of us is truly able to keep. No longer do we have to try to find ways to earn our salvation. God offers it as a gift! His grace changes everything!

This is the essence of the message we as Children's Ministry leaders want the parents and grandparents in our ministries to pass on to the children they love. We know if they accomplish much in their lives, but do not let them know about God's grace which is available because of Jesus' death and resurrection, they will have missed the most important thing of all.

This week as you continue to think about, and thank God for Jesus' resurrection and the life it brings us, encourage the parents and grandparents in your ministry to make time to talk with the children they love - no matter their age - about how God's grace brought them real life!

And, remind them to take time to pray for them. It is something Jesus did while He was on the earth, and one of the most important things He did before He went to the cross. (You will find His prayer in John 17.) My grandson told me he wants to pray like I do (I always pray my grandsons will grow to love God more and more, so he prayed and asked God to help him love Him more and more!), so I want to pray like Jesus did! I want to pray about the things Jesus prayed about (feel free to share this prayer with the parents and grandparents in your ministry) . . .

"Dear God, please help me finish the work You have sent me to do - please remind me my work for You is not finished because my children are grown. Please help me glorify You with the life You gave me. As I go through this day, please protect me from the evil one and help me be a person who experiences and contributes to the unity of believers. I pray also for my children and grandchildren. Please help them discover the purpose and work You have for them to do and let them do this work in a way which brings glory to You. Please protect them from the evil one, so they are not deceived or side-tracked, but will instead serve You with hearts which want to build unity with other believers. Thank You for Your great love for us; I love You, too, Amen!"

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