My children have left the nest and I’m feeling a quiet desperation-anxiety-nervousness about their future flight patterns. Anyone relate?
My solution…really God’s solution… is to blog the daily prayers I’ve been praying all along. Not only can they know and see exactly what I’m praying each and every day (if they want to) but it satisfies my need to be doing something for them, it gives me an outlet for my daily commitment to them, and it holds me accountable.
I have enjoyed the empowerment of praying verses of the bible and have been diligent about it ever since reading “Praying God’s Word” by Beth Moore. My hope is that other parents reading this blog will be encouraged by the sheer power of God’s word and the peace that comes from using prayer as a ‘first resort’. Below is my favorite quote about intercession:
“You cannot truly intercede through prayer if you do not believe in the reality of redemption… True intercession involves bringing the person, or the circumstance that seems to be crashing in on you, before God, until you are changed by His attitude toward that person or circumstance…Intercession is putting yourself in God’s place; it is having His mind and His perspective…What we must avoid in intercession is praying for someone to be simply “patched up.” We must pray that person completely through into contact with the very life of God…When we pray on the basis of redemption, God creates something He can create in no other way than through intercessory prayer.” (Oswald Chamber, My Utmost For His Highest, December 13)
P.S. My name is Cheryl Jacobo and I’m the proud mom of two daughters and a newly acquired son-in-law.
I’ve dropped everything to write you about this life of salvation that we have in common. I have to write insisting – begging! – that you fight with everything you have in you for this faith entrusted to us as a gift to guard and cherish…Carefully build yourselves up in this most holy faith by praying in the Holy Spirit, staying right at the center of God’s love, keeping your arms open and outstretched, ready for the mercy of our Master Jesus Christ. This is the unending life, the real life!…And now to him who can keep you on your feet, standing tall in his bright presence, fresh and celebrating – to our one God, our only Savior, through Jesus Christ, our Master, be glory, majesty, strength, and rule before all time, and now, and to the end of all time. Yes. (Jude 3,4,21,21,24,25 The Message)
As a Christmas gift to my children in 2009, I gave a year long commitment to pray daily for each of them and to also have my prayers based on scripture. I’ve fulfilled that commitment in the form of this blog and finished 365 days of prayers on December 26, 2010. What an adventure! What I’ve learned is best said by Paul E. Miller in his new book, A Praying Life:
What do I lose when I have a praying life? Control. Independence.
What do I gain? Friendship with God. A quiet heart. The living work of God in the hearts of those I love. The ability to roll back the tide of evil. I lose my kingdom and get his. I move from being an independent player to a dependent lover.
Because I will continue to pray daily for my children and since this blog has gained many subscribers by email and twitter, it will remain perpetual. The first day of the month will be a prayer for “me, as their mother”. The last day of the month will be a prayer based on a name of God. The rest of the month will be based on random scriptures that fall into different categories. On the homepage, prayers can be pulled up based on their category.
God bless each of you parents as you stand on the front lines fighting for the children whom God has entrusted to you and at the same time has asked you to relinquish to Him. He does love them more than we ever could.
Because of His awesome love,
God hands you lungs when He hands you His Word and says —
These are not idle words to you, they. are. your. life. ~ Ann Voscamp
Read more HERE about what she says about the importance of wielding God’s Word. Go read it now! She also says:
Is Jesus merely useful to you — or is He ultimately beautiful to you?
When Jesus is merely useful to me, I want Him to move my world.
When Jesus is ultimately beautiful to me, it’s my heart that is moved – and this begins to change the world.
…and if Jesus is beautiful to me and my heart is moved then surely it will begin to change…my small world of loved ones.
Let’s continue standing on the front lines for our loved ones by bowing our own hearts to be transformed by God’s Word…God’s Love. Keep up your commitment to pray God’s Word over your loved ones and over yourself. Every. Day. Because…it is our life.
Because of His awesome love,
The darkness that sucks at the prodigal kid doesn’t have anything on the light of his mother’s prayers. ~Ann Voscamp