“You’ll never be a perfect parent, but you can be a praying parent.”
I read this recently and it has been hovering in the back of my mind ever since. My active-in-the-trenches parenting days are behind me, but I was (am) one of those parents who wanted to do everything perfectly. That, of course, is impossible, but so many times I relied on myself instead of giving situations to the Lord for Him to handle and lead me through. And now that I look ahead to a future generation (did you know I’m going to be grandmother? J) I want to leave of legacy of prayer – of being an active-in-the-trenches prayer warrior.
This takes effort. I Thessalonians 5:17 says, “Never stop praying.” What does that even look like? For me, different places in our home trigger different prayers. Pictures on the refrigerator prompt me to pray for those people when I’m in the kitchen. Meal times always include prayer for our kids and family. Showering and driving and cooking and shopping are all times that I’m often alone and can think and pray when God brings people to mind. Creating time to be still and quiet is not an easy thing, but it allows opportunity to hear God speak.
Don’t have kids at home? Pray for someone else’s! Pray for our LCC kids – from those just born (we have a lot!) to those about to face the challenge of beginning college. Pray for our families and marriages. Create time to sit still and quiet. It’s not an easy thing, but it allows opportunity for God to speak.
As long as I can remember, my mother has kept a running list of people and situations to remember in prayer. To this day, an updated list of prayer needs is taped on her bathroom mirror. My name is there. And so are many others. It’s her reminder every morning to focus on those for whom she can intercede. A legacy of prayer…