Tuesday, July 12, 2011

The Family that Prays Together...

...stays together.  I've heard that saying a million times.  I grew up in a family that prayed together.  I remember my mama telling me that she would kneel at our bedsides long after we had drifted off to dreamland and pray for my sister and me.  Now that I'm a mama, I pray with Sweet Petite.  We pray together throughout the day as I lift up my praises and requests to God.  I want her to know how important it is to have a relationship with her Savior and that prayer is an integral part of that relationship.

My devotion this morning said you can change the path and direction of your family through prayer.  Families need to be covered under the protection of prayer.  The world we live in is a scary place full of woe and anxiety and worry....and lacking prayer.  How often do we make decisions...big decisions like getting married, having a baby, taking a new job, buying a car, our finances, going on a trip...small decisions like our actions, our tone of voice, our language, what to wear, what to watch, what music to listen to...without praying about it first?  Too many times I have made decisions without praying and then I hit my knees when the results of those decisions are less than I anticipated.  And the times that I have prayed prior to making a decision have brought more peace in my life.  Take for example my current job...I was not looking for a new job in 2009.  I was somewhat content in the position that I was in, but an opportunity presented itself to me while I was on my honeymoon and we prayed about it.  And an overwhelming sense of peace came over me.  When I was offered the position at McLeod, I knew I was in God's will.  And not so surprisingly, it is the best job I have ever had.  Amazing what happens when you turn to God and allow the Holy Spirit to guide you towards the right path!

I read this morning that we can do nothing of eternal value until we have prayed.  What a powerful statement!  I don't know about you, but I want my decisions to have eternal value.  I have made the decision to pray with and for my family and friends.  I have made the decision to allow the Holy Spirit to direct my decisions. 

God promised us to intervene on our behalf if we would only talk to him.

"If my people, which are called by my name, will humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land."   2 Chronicles 7:14

May we humble ourselves today and have a conversation with God.  May we seek His face in every decision we make.  And may we know that He hears our prayers.  May His will be done.  Amen.

So as Sweet Petite and I are praying today, is there anything that we may lift up to Him for you?

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