A Resting Place for Our Faith

 

Jeanne Seaborn has four children, fourteen grandchildren, and one great-grandchild. In A Place of Quiet Rest by Nancy Leigh DeMoss she tells how she organizes her prayers for her family. At the beginning of each year, she asks each child and grandchild to write down their main prayer requests for the year. Then she prays for those each day.

In addition, she has a page for each child and grandchild with scriptures that she prays for them. Each day she prays in-depth for one child using those verses. For example, for her son-in-law who travels during the week, she prays Psalm 119:54: "Your decrees are the theme of my song wherever I lodge." Each child has at least one verse dealing with keeping a clear conscience, as well as other verses that she personalizes and prays back to God for that individual.

God delights in prayers we pray repeatedly that are based on His Word. Dick Eastman wrote in The University of the Word that he had prayed daily a specific prayer for his family based on Luke 2:52: "Lord, help my family to grow mentally (in wisdom), physically (in stature), spiritually (with favor toward God), and socially (with favor toward man)." After seven years, God revealed to him how He was answering this prayer for each one.

How it must please the Lord to see our hearts hunger for the exact things He has promised to give. When we bring His promises to Him and wait in expectation, He will not fail to give us according to His written Word.

Thank You, Father, for giving me Your words to rest my faith on.

"Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God" (Ephesians 6:17).