The thing we can do

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We hear often about commandments from God to pray for our leaders, unbelievers, ourselves, and the spiritually and physically weak and sick…but what about the well? Why do we wait for tragedy to pray for the saints? Why do we wait for the marriages to fall apart, the children to fall away, and Satan to rule the day? Why not seek God’s intercession in the status quo?

Do you pray for your family? Do you pray you will glorify God in your home? Do you pray that you will fulfill your roles as spouses? Do you pray for your children to be obedient to God? Do you pray for them to be discerning? Do you pray for each of your children to find a godly spouse? To be a godly spouse? To raise godly children?

Do you pray for your sisters in Christ to be godly wives? Do you pray for them to be faithful to their spouses, content in their homes, loving to their children? Do you pray for them to avoid the wisdom of men and seek the wisdom of God? Do you pray for them make the choices that God would have them make?

Do you pray for your brothers in Christ to be godly husbands? Do you pray for them to be faithful to their wives, spiritual leaders in their homes, able to raise their children well? Do you pray for them to seek to be godly elders in the church? Do you pray for them to be an influence for good in their workplace?

Do you pray for the single brothers and sisters in Christ? Do you pray for them to live for Christ? Do you pray for them to fill their role with happiness and contentment? Do you pray for them to be servants in ways only they can serve?

Do you pray for your children’s friends? Do you pray that they will avoid temptation? Do you pray that they will rise up and lead a generation to Christ? Do you pray that they will let their light shine to unbelievers? Do you pray that they will be godly spouses one day? Do you pray that they will raise children to bring glory to God?

Several years ago, while meditating during our littlest one's snuggle-to-sleep time, it struck me that I had more influence in the lives of my children’s friends than simply trying to be a godly wife and mother—though, of course, that’s huge and I need to do my very best! I can go to God on their behalf. I can pray for them to withstand the power of Satan as he tries to sift them like wheat. I can pray for them as they seek to be an influence with unbelievers. I can pray for them to be godly friends. I can pray for them to find godly spouses. I can pray for them if they go away to college or go out on their own. I can pray for them to follow Jesus no matter where their journey takes them. When I pray for my children’s friends, I may very well be praying for the parents of my future grandchildren.

I may never know how my prayers have helped in their lives, but I have confidence that God will hear them. I believe that God answers prayers. I believe in His power. If you are reading this and you are one of my children's friends (or, of course, my friend)…now you know that I'll be praying for you. You can rest assured that I'll be going to God on your behalf. No matter where this life takes you, God is on your side. He wants you to live for Him. Of this you can be sure, His side is the winning side, He has the victory!

And, I covet your prayers. Please pray for me to be a godly wife and mother and friend. Please pray for me to live and love and serve daily as a child of God!

Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints. ~ Ephesians 6:18

And this I pray, that your love may abound yet more and more in knowledge and in all judgment. ~ Philippians 1:9

For this cause we also, since the day we heard it, do not cease to pray for you, and to desire that ye might be filled with the knowledge of his will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding. ~ Colossians 1:9

Wherefore also we pray always for you, that our God would count you worthy of this calling, and fulfill all the good pleasure of his goodness, and the work of faith with power. ~ 2 Thessalonians 1:11

 

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