From Our Hearts to Yours
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.
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!
- Courage—Jochebed decided to keep Moses, her baby, rather than kill him, thereby preserving him to bless the world.
- Creativity—Jochebed 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.
- Care—During the brief time she had Moses, Jochebed lovingly nursed and diligently trained him in the ways of the Lord.
- Confidence—After 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.
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!
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
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!