April 2017

Why Pray Specifically?

Daniel was a man of exacting prayer. He knew how to pray and what to pray for. For instance, in the midst of a crisis caused by King Nebuchadnezzar’s dream, Daniel prayed specifically, precisely, and earnestly. He had two requests: That God would reveal the secret of the king’s dream, and that God would preserve and protect Daniel and his three friends (Daniel 2:18). God tells us that “in everything,” whether it’s a crisis or not, to “let your requests be made known to God” (Philippians 4:6).

You don’t need to clue God in on what’s happening. No, “your Father knows the things you have need of before you ask Him” (Matthew 6:8). And you don’t need to persuade God to hear you. His love for you does not need to be coaxed or induced. He is always available and with you.

But God’s desire is that you still “ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be open to you. For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened” (Matthew 7:7-8).

Because God knows your every need, there’s no need to pray with “vain repetitions” (Matthew 6:7). Like Daniel and his three friends, keep your prayers brief and specific. Then wait for God’s specific reply.

Experience a deeper intimacy with God and give new life to your prayers as you find clear direction on how to pray God’s way in all of life’s hardships and blessings in Knowing God Through Prayer by Jim George.

 

Faith in a Fallen World

Faith

All around you is evidence that evil is in this fallen world. But take heart! You can make a difference….like the mother Jochebed did. She lived in an evil world that was growing darker every day. When her third baby was born, the Egyptian Pharaoh put forth his evil hand of oppression. He ordered that every boy born to the Jews be murdered (Exodus 1:16, 22). What could Jochebed—a godly woman and devoted mother—do against such evil? She could take action in faith!

  • CourageJochebed decided to keep Moses, her baby, rather than kill him, thereby preserving him to bless the world.
  • CreativityJochebed made a basket from bulrushes and put her baby in it. He floated in the Nile River close to where Pharaoh’s daughter came regularly.
  • CareDuring the brief time she had Moses, Jochebed lovingly nursed and diligently trained him in the ways of the Lord.
  • ConfidenceAfter giving her son loving care and spiritual instruction, Jochebed returned her son to Pharaoh’s household. She trusted God would care for her boy.

Like Jochebed, don’t fret because of evildoers. Instead, take up the challenge. Devote yourself to raising children who have faith and who love God. And take heart! The prince of darkness is helpless against the power of the truth you plant in your children’s hearts and minds.

In A Mom After God’s Own Heart, Elizabeth George offers 10 principles to help moms make God an everyday part of their children’s lives. Whether your kids are young or grown, you will learn how to teach your children God’s Word, train them in God’s ways, and pray with and for them.

Praying for Your Daughter

Daughter

As a mom, you are God’s go-to person for your daughter, Number One on His list as someone who prays for her. Each of the following suggestions will help you become the mom you dream of being, and will better your life … and her’s too!

  1. Check your heart.
    Being a mom after God’s own heart is a matter of the heart—your heart. We’ll get to praying for your daughter, but first pray about your heart and its spiritual condition. When you pray, you are acknowledging that God is an active participant in your life, and your girl’s too.
  1. Ask God for wisdom.
    Here’s what I call Mom’s Go-to Verse: “If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God…and it will be given to him” (James 1:5). Pray day and night for wisdom from God about how to raise a young woman after His own heart.
  1. Make a prayer list for your daughter.
    If you’re not careful, your prayers for your daughter can become general or even rote. Yet she has specific issues she faces each day of her life. So develop a prayer list or book just for her. Record your concerns and her prayer requests too. Then bring these concerns before God.
  1. Refuse to miss a day.
    If you, dear mom, aren’t praying for your girl each day, who is? Probably no one. Don’t let a no-one-prayed-for-my-daughter day happen! The stakes are much too high for you to miss even one day of spending some time in prayer for your precious child.

In Raising a Daughter After God’s Own Heart, Elizabeth George provides an engaging and inspirational resource for every mom who wants to lead her daughter to a godly life by example, encouragement, study, and prayer.

Teen Tuesday—The One You Can Always Trust

Trust

When friendships are broken, it’s easy to stop trusting all people. But here’s good news: You can always, always trust Jesus! He is a friend you can definitely and totally trust all the time, every day, and in every way. In fact, Jesus promises, “I am with you always, even to the end of the age” (Matthew 28:20).

Because you can T-R-U-S-T Jesus, your response should be to give Him your trust. Use T-R-U-S-T from Proverbs 3:5-6 to guide your response:

  • T-rust in the Lord—“Trust in the LORD with all your heart.” God knows 100 percent of the time what is 100 percent best for you.
  • R-efuse to trust in your own understanding—“… and lean not on your own understanding.” Instead, lean on God’s wisdom from His Word, the Bible.
  • U-nderstand and count on His presence—“In all your ways acknowledge Him.” Constantly acknowledge Jesus’ presence. Talk to Him about every decision and every problem.
  • S-traight paths come with God’s help—“… and He shall direct your paths.” God will make clear the way you should travel—the way that is best for you and pleases Him.
  • T-ake time to make your choices—Be sure you make the most important choice: Accept by faith that Jesus died in your place for your sins. Because of Jesus, you can have forgiveness!

In A Young Woman After God’s Own Heart by Elizabeth George, you’ll learn how to grow close to God, get along with your family and friends, make the right kinds of choices, become more like Jesus, prepare for the future, and fulfill the desires of your heart!

Learning from When Jesus Prayed …

Prayer

Jesus loved to pray. He not only prayed before important events and significant decisions, but in any and all other circumstances. Day and night, prayer was His way of life. Here are just a few of the many times Jesus prayed:

Prayer in the midst of a busy life. “In the morning, having risen a long while before daylight, He went out and departed to a solitary place; and there He prayed” (Mark 1:35).

Prayer against popularity. Jesus saw the danger of becoming popular. When “great multitudes came together to hear, and to be healed by Him of their infirmities,…He Himself often withdrew into the wilderness and prayed” (Luke 5:15-16).

Prayer after success. After a time of successful and fruitful ministry, Jesus gave thanks to the Father: “I thank You, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that You have hidden these things from the wise and prudent and revealed them to babes” (Luke 10:21).

Prayer at a grave. Jesus’ friend Lazarus was dead and He was about to perform a miracle of resurrection. Knowing what was about to happen, He prayed, “Father, I thank You that You have heard Me…but because of the people who are standing by I said this, that they may believe that You sent Me ” (John 11:41-42).

Prayer from the cross. From the beginning to the end of His time on earth, Jesus modeled a life of prayer. In fact, His used His closing breath to pray, “Father, ‘into Your hands I commit My spirit’” (Luke 23:46).

If prayer was this important in the life of God the Son, shouldn’t it be important to you as well? Nurture the habit of prayer? “Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, in everything give thanks” (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18).

We could all benefit from some guidance on how to pray with more fervor and faithfulness. And there are no better prayer mentors than the men and women of the Bible who talked with God and touched His heart. Join bestselling author Jim George as he shares the keys to meaningful communion with God in Knowing God Through Prayer.

Enter Into the Solace of the Lord

Solace

Hannah, a woman from the Bible, experienced firsthand the promise and reality of God’s friendship. She found solace in His presence. Childless and relentlessly pro­voked by her husband’s other wife, Hannah had nowhere to turn. Yes, Hannah certainly fell into the category of one who was mercilessly perse­cuted by an enemy, an adversary, a rival. This other woman chided and taunted Hannah year after year, scoffing and laughing at her barrenness (see 1 Samuel 1).

But when Hannah went up to the house of the Lord to worship in Shiloh, she poured out her problems and woes to Jehovah. He is a Friend who sticks closer than a brother. In Hannah’s case, even closer than her husband. In God’s presence, there was solace and rest. He provided camaraderie. In His presence, there was help and healing. Hannah left that place of worship repaired, replenished, and rapturous!

You, too, have a friend in the Lord God who provides solace for you from your enemies and your problems. You, too, can enter into the pres­ence of the One who provides a haven of rest while you are on the run. Do you need a visit with Him now? Just approach the Lord … and delight yourself in Him and in His friendship.

Finding God’s Path Through Your Trials by Elizabeth George discusses the hard times we all face and reveals how you can “count it all joy” by turning to Jesus to find hope and meaning in your journey, no matter how bumpy it seems.

Loving Your Family — and In-Laws

Family

How would you rate your relationships with your family? It’s sad to have to say that most family relationships are not what God desires them to be. Many times, we do things that hurt our parents or family members. And, at other times, one of them does something to hurt us. That’s often the way it is in a family. And that’s also the way alienation begins.

I recently heard of a mother and daughter who hadn’t spoken to each other in over 30 years. What a loss for those two family members! And compounding this tragic sin were the many grandchildren who had never seen their grandparents, not to mention grandparents who had never seen their flesh and blood grandchildren. Oh, what a loss!

Dear friend, don’t let this happen in your marriage. You can’t change another family member’s heart toward you, but you can surely change yours. Ask God to heat up your heart toward your family members. Take to heart Paul’s advice from Romans 12:18 and make the effort to “live peaceably with all men,” including your family and in-laws. Then go the next step and make things right between you.

In your family relationships, be the …
Mature one who chooses to have a heart of forgiveness.
Kind one who prays for your loved ones.
Friendly one who reaches out and makes an effort to have God’s kind of relationship.

And don’t forget to draw upon the resources of prayer, the Word of God, and the power and fruit of the Holy Spirit (Galatians 5:22-23). By God’s grace, you can extend love to your family!

Are you wondering what to do about a complicated relationship? Don’t guess about the next step and hope for the best. Proverbs for a Woman’s Day by Elizabeth George gives you a clear view of the right path as you follow God’s wisdom found in the book of Proverbs.

Church Is a Great Mother-Daughter Time  

church

I don’t know what stage of daughter-raising you are in right now, but it’s never too early to take your daughter to church. Mary took Jesus to “church” when He was only eight days old. We see Him in the temple again at age 12 (see Luke 2:21, 41-46).

And it’s never too late to take your daughter to church. The more she goes, the more friends she will make, the more she will feel like she fits in, and the more fun she will have. And, of course, the more steady and powerful the influence the Word of God will have on her heart and mind.

And what if she’s not too excited about going to church? Well, hang in there. The time is now. Start praying. And be faithful about attending church yourself. As a parent, you are responsible to train up your daughter in the things of the Lord. So make the decision to go to church and hold to it.

Don’t forget to make going to church special—pick up donuts on the way, or have lunch out afterward. Encourage your daughter to bring along a friend. Be sure to include lots of love and encouragement … and prayer that God will break through to her heart and show her the joy of knowing the Lord.

In Raising a Daughter After God’s Own Heart, with her biblical insight and child-raising experience, Elizabeth guides you through the development of your daughter’s spiritual life of faithfulness, obedience, and joy lived daily.

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Elizabeth & Jim George


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