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Praying for Our Children (Part 2)

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“Lord, did I do something wrong?” I said aloud after hanging up the phone.

Almost instantly, I felt the Holy Spirit say to my heart:  “Don’t ever pray that way again for your son Scott and his girlfriend Liza. Pray for the two to get married and have a great marriage.”

This quick back and forth conversation came about one weekend in the 1990s because a few months earlier I had prayed for my son to break up with his girlfriend.  My prayer was not because Liza wasn’t a great girl because she was all of that and more. But according to my thinking, she didn’t pray or study her Bible or seem sufficiently interested in the Lord to meet my nearsighted standards. So, I figured she had to go.

Did my prayer work?

It seemed to work for a while as the two quit dating almost immediately after my prayer. This continued for a few months until I spoke with Scott on that weekend.

“Just want you to know that Liza and I are dating again,” said Scott.

“Oh…” I replied.

We said our goodbyes and hung up.

When Scott told me about dating Liza again, fear enveloped me. The fear shredded my hardened heart so that I could ask, “Lord, did I do something wrong?”

Upon hearing the Lord’s voice, I repented and began praying for the two to be married, which happened three years later. Liza and Scott now have two sons and a godly marriage.

Does scripture back up my experience?

“Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, and before you were born I consecrated you; I appointed you a prophet to the nations.” (Jeremiah 1:5)

“For I know the plans that I have for you,’ declares the LORD, “plans for welfare and not for calamity to give you a future and a hope.” (Jeremiah 29:11)

Declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times things not yet done, saying, “My counsel shall stand and I will accomplish all My purpose.” (Isaiah 46:10)

My frame was not hidden from you, when I was being made in secret, intricately woven in the depths of the earth. Your eyes saw my unformed substance; in your book were written, every one of them, the days that were formed for me, when as yet there was none of them. (Psalm 139:15-16) 

The above verses reveal God has plans for our children before they are even born. We also know God revealed plans about children and grandchildren to various parents in the Bible:

Hagar about her son Ishmael. (Genesis 16:10-12)

Abraham about his son Isaac. (Genesis 17:19-21)

Rebekah about her twin sons −Esau and Jacob. (Genesis 25:23)

Jacob prophesied over his grandsons. (Genesis 48:15-20)

Jacob prophesied over his sons. (Genesis 49:2-27)

Manoah and his wife about their son Samson. (Judges 13:3-5)

King David about his son Solomon. (1 Chronicles 23:8-10)

All of Judah about Josiah. (1 Kings 13:2)

Zacharias about John the Baptist. (Luke 1:13-17)

Mary and Joseph about Jesus. (Luke 1:30-33; Matthew 1:20-21)

Maybe you’ve raised an eyebrow after reading so far. “Yes, God did this for Israel’s patriarchs, His kings, John the Baptist, and for our Lord Jesus,” you may be muttering to yourself, “but these were people especially chosen by Him to carry out His plans on earth. Why would He do this for me and my children?”

(Excerpt from Praying for the Frozen Chosen: Our Children by Larry Nevenhoven, © 2016, Amazon eBook)

(Continued in Part 3)

 

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Praying for our Children (Part 1)

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The number one prayer request I have heard in my thirty-three years of being a believer is this one: “Pray for my children to be zealous for the Lord.”

Almost every Christian parent desires for his or her children to have fiery hearts filled with passion and zeal for God. But sadly, today’s world is filled with increasing levels of lawlessness, which causes many of our children’s hearts to grow cold. This lawlessness creeps into our children’s lives through the Internet, cellphones, texting, Facebook, TV, movies, music, and much more – all of it has the potential of chilling our children’s hearts toward God and His ways.

O offspring of Abraham, His servant, children of Jacob, His chosen ones! (Psalm 105:16)

God promised the descendants of Abraham numerous blessings because of the patriarch’s faith and obedience toward Him and His ways. Because of these promises, Abraham’s children and descendants are referred to as His chosen ones.

God’s plans for Abraham and his descendants are just as valid today for believing parents and their children. Thus, our children should be viewed by faith as His chosen ones, too.

Now, our children may not look like His chosen ones as yet. They may not even be saved and may be walking in the exact opposite direction.  But because our children are considered His chosen ones we have all of heaven backing us in our efforts.

…If God is for us, who can be against us? (Romans 8:31)

 It’s time for us to pray for the frozen chosen −our children −to walk in the destinies God has ordained for them.

(Excerpt from Praying for the Frozen Chosen: Our Children by Larry Nevenhoven, © 2016, Amazon eBook)
(Continued in Part 2)

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Prayers for our Schools (4/3/2018)

None of us know the day and hour that the Lord will return, but it’s possible that the children who are attending school right now could be a part of the generation who will see Jesus return.

My prayer today:

Lord, reveal Yourself to today’s school children so they will know You and be strong so they can carry out great exploits in Your name. (Based on Daniel 11:32)

What do you think and has the Lord spoken to you today?

Join with me on Tuesdays to fast and pray for school children.

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Prayers for our Schools (3/27/2018)

It’s sad that politicians and political agenda organizations used high school kids as pawns in the recent “March for Our Lives.”

There’s nothing wrong with voicing your dissent, but this was planned months ahead of time by political groups. They just waited for the perfect school calamity to occur. And Parkland fit their agendas.

My prayer today:

Lord, raise up young Davids in our nation’s local schools and arm them to fight against the Goliaths of America in the name of the Lord God of Hosts. (Based on 1 Samuel 17:45)

What do you think and has the Lord spoken to you today?

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Prayers for Our Schools (3/20/2018)

 

Let’s get rid of any attitudes that ignore prayer and believe “gun violence won’t happen in our local schools just because ____.” We can fill in the blank with whatever sorry excuse we might have for not praying for our schools.

Today, another school shooting took place at Great Mills High School in Great Mills, Maryland. One student killed and two others shot.

Great Mills is unincorporated town of 7000 citizens. It’s considered a “safe neighborhood” with 33% of the population being college graduates, 79% being married, and 72% owning homes. 

But today, Great Mills joins the long list of schools being attacked by an armed murderer.

My prayer today:

Lord, give us willing spirits to overcome our fleshly attitudes so that we will watch and pray for our local schools. And Lord, we cry out to You to comfort the suffering students and parents at Great Mills High School today. You are the only One who can do this. (Based on Matthew 26:41)

What do you think and has the Lord spoken to you today?

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Prayers for our Schools (3/13/2018)

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Nothing is more heart wrenching than watching the distraught parents and citizens on TV after a school disaster. I am sure they are all burdened with what they should have done and should have said before the tragedy took place.

It’s too late to do much for them, except pray for the Lord to comfort them in their agony.

But it’s not too late for us now. We can join with the Lord God of Hosts and use the most powerful weapon He has given us — prayer — to protect the school children in our local communities.

My prayer today:

Lord, You said that believers could have whatever things they ask for when they pray if they believed they would receive them. Well, Lord, we believe that You will protect the children in our local schools this week. Thanks for honoring Your Word. Amen. (Based on Mark 11:24

What do you think and has the Lord spoken to you today?

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“Praying for the Frozen Chosen: Our Children” is FREE Today on Amazon

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My book, Praying for the Frozen Chosen: Our Children, is FREE on Amazon today through Sunday.

Amazon book description:

“Can Christian parents possibly hope to win the war against the kingdom of darkness for the hearts and souls of our children?”

As parents, our heads must be buried in the sand if we have failed to notice the world’s onslaught against our children’s lives on a daily basis. The Internet. Facebook. Pokemon Go. World of Warcraft. Television. Movies. Texting. Music. Materialism. Secularism. Sex Everywhere. All of these and more have the potential to lure our children’s hearts away from God and derail His plans for them.

Can we win?

YES!

Our God is ready and always willing to unleash His power on behalf of parents who pray for their children, according to His will. We just need to understand His will as revealed in His word.

Praying for the Frozen Chosen: Our Children was written for parents who want their children to be zealous for God. And the good news is the book is intended for parents who have babies in the womb or those with sixty-year old children wasting away on skid rows.

Available on Amazon for Kindles and Kindle apps.

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