Today we are discussing chapter seven, “Maintaining Good Family Relationships ” in the book, “The Power of a Praying Parent,” by Stormie Omartian.
Life can be hard. It moves fast. It catches us by surprise and takes us to places we would have never dreamed. In the hustle and bustle of it all, we need to make sure that our job of being a parent is top priority.
The main and the most important thing we can always do for our children, no matter what their age, is to pray for them. We need to start before they are born and continue on till our last breath. A very important area to remember to pray for our children is in the area of relationships especially those within the family.
“How many relationships are left to chance because no one prays about them? Far too many, I suspect. It’s sad to see families split apart and individual members have nothing to do with one another when they are grown. It’s heart breaking to think of that happening with our own children. Yet it doesn’t have to be that way.” ~ Stormie Omartian
How do we stop this from happening? How do we create a fortress that the enemy can not penetrate…..prayer. We need to be specific when we pray for our children in this area. We need to pray that God’s peace would be within our children’s lives and they would have a desire to kind, tenderhearted and loving towards their family members.
“Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called the children of God.” Matthew 5:9
We also need to pray with our children, and discuss with them how important it is to have the fruits of the spirit evident in their lives. We need to teach them that their “eyes need to be taken off self,” and put onto the other person so that Jesus would shine through in their lives.
“God wants us to restore unity, to maintain the family bonds in the Lord, and to leave a spiritual inheritance of solidarity that can last for generations.” ~ Stormie Omartian
Friends, this is part of our job. It’s something that can not be neglected or ignored. If we ignore it, and choose not to pray about our child’s relationships within the family, think about the devastating impact that could happen.
I always say that we have the power to change the direction of our lives with just a few simple words. Won’t you use those words today to put your children on the path of a Godly life, a life that can be used to change the course of future generations?
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