I wake up in the morning and have chores to attend to. The cats, all five of them, are waiting ever so patiently for me to feed them. The three in the house wind around my feet as I prepare the water for my coffee. The other two that like to spend nights outside, will come running to the door as soon as they hear me.
The ducklings hear me attending to the cats and start peeping to let me know that they are ready to eat also. I finish preparing my coffee in my French press and get the ducklings food out. I let them out to eat while I finish and wait for my coffee.
It has become my habit to go straight to the computer and start earning my Bing rewards and my Swagbucks. Both are going to help me pay for a trip that I’m taking next year.
While I am doing those, I read my devotions, Bible and a Christian book. Lately, prayers have been a huge thing that I have been reading about. I blogged last Saturday about The Power of the Word. I wrote about how prayer has recently touched my life and shown me so much.
For the past two months, I have been reading prayers for the kids. I’m sure many of you have heard the book The Power of a Praying Parent by Stormie Omartian. I have the little book that goes along with that, with all of the prayers included, called The Power of a Praying Parent Prayer Book. I started with reading that little book, saying a prayer each morning for the kids. I then re-read the book and said the prayers each day. One chapter per day gave me one prayer per day. After that book, I read the little prayer book again.
I have covered my children in prayer the past two months. I read these prayers aloud, even if I have to be quiet so I don’t wake them, in the early morning while sipping my coffee and earning Swagbucks.
Now let me explain why this is relevant to you, or why you should care.
I have always known that prayer had power. Growing up in churches, you learn that. (I hope.) I have even had my share of answered prayers.
For example, I vividly remember a day when I stood with my kids in Safeway. Only a few dollars to spend. I had said a prayer to God to ask him to show me what I could get with my few dollars for dinner. As I stood in the middle of an aisle, pondering what to get, an older woman walked up to me.
She had tears in her eyes and explained to me that God told her that I needed help. She had gone through the line already and as she did, she grabbed a Safeway gift card. She handed me that card and told me that God told her to do it. We hugged and I thanked her and silently thanked my Heavenly Father. The amount that she gave me wasn’t a huge amount, but it bought us dinner, milk and she told me to buy the kids a candy.
Now explain to me. If God is not real, how in the world would that happen? Ever?
See, I’m not a stranger to prayer. But….here’s what I am a stranger to.
Seeing the power of Bible verses being read working in the lives of my children.
Driving in the van yesterday, the kids and I were talking, as usual. Amanda told me that she has recently felt like she should be praying more. She has stopped to take the time to tell God that something is pretty, or just to thank Him for something. Another thing that she has started is praying when she wakes up.
My son then adds, that he also, has felt the need to pray more. Imagine how my heart soared to hear this! My prayers that I have been saying in the morning are working! Some of those prayers ask for my children to want to feel closer to God and have a strong relationship with Him.
Seriously, what more can a mother ask for than for her children to have a wonderful relationship with our Heavenly Father and Loving Creator?!
It’s really amazing!
I have also witnessed, just this past week, an occurrence that I was able to use prayer during the situation and it worked right then and there. I won’t get into any details because those are not important. But someone I love was getting into something that I think is steeped in demonism. I prayed right there for that person to feel guilt for being even a little bit interested. Within 30 seconds, that interest was cut off and moved onto something else. I thanked Him once again as I sat there in awe.
The next goal that I have is to find Bible verses to pray over my daughter and a specific issue that we are going through. And I just bought The Power of a Praying Wife by Stormie Omartian yesterday at Goodwill. I have read that before, but I believe I got it from the library. I want the prayers here on my shelves to read each morning like I do for the kids.
I challenge you to try this. Find some Bible verses, or prayers that are already written, and start your own prayer legacy. Bible verses for different topics are easy to find.
Tomorrow morning, as I enjoy my Starbucks Breakfast Blend cup of coffee, and delve into my prayers for my children, I will think ahead of the many blessings that are to come. Prayer hasn’t always been an easy thing for me, but you know the saying, “Practice makes perfect” and that works the same for praying. The more I pray and learn how to pray defensively, the easier it gets for me.
I’d love to hear your prayer results! If you already have a wonderful story to share, I’d also love it if you shared it with me! Until next time, many blessings!