My prayer is not for them alone. I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message, that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you. May they also be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me. John 17:20-21
“Prayers are deathless. They outlive the lives of those who uttered them.”
- Grab your Bible and read John 17:20-23. Continue to ask the Lord to speak to your heart about prayer.
- I love how our Lord Jesus prayed for you and me almost 2000 years ago! Wow! Here we see Jesus giving us an example to pray prayers that will outlive our own lives and the lives of our families! Prayer is so powerful! I love the quote today from E.M. Bounds because it speaks about our prayers outliving us and being timeless! We never know who will be affected by our faithful prayers for others.
Your Prayers Outlive Your Life
When we pray we are sending a message forward to a time we will not see!
Just like in our key verse for today, Jesus’ prayer for all believers is still being answered in you and in me. Our prayers transcend time, and keep going, even for our great-great-grandchildren and beyond. Think about it! We can pray now for those in our lineage to know Christ, and to serve Him with their whole hearts.
Our prayers will last longer than we do! We will die long before every prayer of ours is answered.
If you’re like me and weren’t raised in a Christian home, you can pray and have a completely different family lineage. God makes ALL the difference in our lives and brings lasting change. If Jesus doesn’t come back to earth until one hundred years from now, we will all have descendants on the earth. Your faithful prayers for your children and grandchildren will affect your great-grandchildren, and so on. Take the box off God! Pray big prayers!
We could be affecting someone who will live 100 years from now! When you pray for God to be real to your children and grandchildren and for them to know Jesus, you are in essence affecting your family lineage. We can’t make our children be Christians, but we can pray for God to reach their hearts in His perfect timing and ways. It’s our job to pray, trust and obey, and God’s job to work in the hearts of our family.
Today’s Bible study is short because I want you to begin to pray intentionally for your family. Take the time to make a prayer binder, or write out your prayers for those you love and keep them somewhere you will see them and pray them regularly. You can even use an App like Evernote to keep your prayers on your phone. The most important thing is to keep your prayers in front of you and pray them regularly! I use a prayer binder, but you can use whatever medium will help you to pray.
Give yourself a couple of weeks to complete this Faith-Filled Idea. It’s worth the effort, and will change your life and the life of your family!
Prayer changes everything!
Question to ponder
- What is your greatest desire for all of your descendants? Write this one powerful prayer in your journal.
Faith- Filled Idea
- Today, your assignment is to start your prayer binder. My prayer binder has meant so much to me over the years because when I pray, I feel as if I have hope! Everything that concerns me or that I worry about can be placed in the hands of the One, who alone can save, do miracles and work in the lives of those I pray for.
First things first. In your last prayer devotion, you started praying about which prayers the Lord would have you put in your prayer binder. Keep those handy as you are beginning to form your binder. Pray again and ask God to show you what prayers he wants you to include in your prayer binder. You could look back over your journals, and observe which prayers seem to keep coming up.
Note-If you haven’t yet started to journal, start today to write down your prayers for your children and do a little at a time. You don’t have to hurry up and finish, take your time, writing your prayers as God gives them to you. You could also look in your Bible for notes and verses that you keep coming back to and include those verses written out as prayers. If the concept of journaling is new to you, simply pray and ask God to show you what He wants you to pray for your family. He will direct you to His Word and will speak to you. If you need to take a few days journaling and asking God what to include, do that. Don’t feel pressured. Take your time! You do you!
The next step in making your binder is to gather all of your materials.
- Small three-ring binder with a clear plastic front so you can slide a piece of paper behind the plastic and customize your prayer binder
- Translucent sheet protectors (10-20)
- Notebook paper or your favorite paper to write your prayers on that will fit in the sheet protectors.
- Decorative paper if you want to be creative, but don’t let perfectionism get in the way of finishing your prayer book. The most important thing is that you finish.
- Seven Dividers with tabs
Be sure to take your time in preparing your prayer binder and make it yours. In the instructions, there are some examples of my personal prayers for my family, and also those I found in books.
I have listed MANY of my prayers here, please don’t let this overwhelm you! “You do you!” Adapt the binder to suit your needs. We will be giving you lots of ideas, but our heart’s desire is for you to pray and ask God what He wants you to write in your binder.
I have organized my prayers into sections using dividers with tabs. This way I only have to pray a little each day.
My sections are:
Monday-Prayers for Randy and my marriage (fun, communication, intimacy, finances, etc.)
Tuesday-Prayers for my children
Wednesday-Prayers for others- parents, in-laws, friends, etc.(great relationships, healing from illness, marriages) I also pray for my church and missionaries, etc.
Thursday-Prayers for Deb- these are prayers for myself to remember what is most important in this life and for God to help me be a good wife and Mama
Friday-Prayers for our children’s education (homeschool or in the classroom)
Saturday-Scriptures to pray (scriptures I love to pray personally and keep in front of me to remember)
Sunday-Church Sermon Notes and things the Lord is teaching me
*** I also keep sweet cards and notes from my family in the pockets of my binder.
Here are some examples of my prayers. Remember, you can use my prayers as a guide, but don’t forget to ask God for specific prayers for your family. You do you!
Prayers for Randy and my marriage:
Let me be a source of joy to my husband. Let him “rejoice with the wife of his youth.” Please keep us occupied with gladness of heart.
Please help me to talk to my husband in a way that brings us closer together. Help me to respect him. Help me to praise him more in private and in front of other people. Give me eyes to see my husband’s heart.
Help me to remember why I fell in love with him in the first place. Rekindle our love. Help us to forgive and keep no bitterness or unforgiveness in our hearts. Help us to celebrate more.
Take my burdens so I can simply walk with you, day-by-day and be a woman who “smiles at the future” and trusts her God. Help me to pray for my husband more and to give him grace as much as possible. Help me to be fun to be around and bring life to my home.
I also pray for our intimacy in our marriage:
“Lord, please bless our intimacy in our marriage. Show us ways to make it more fun and exciting. Help me and my husband to desire it more often. Help me to make intimacy a priority. Help us to both see the blessing that it is and the gift that it is in our marriage. Give us the energy and time to be together. Let our intimacy get better as we age and are married longer. Strengthen my marriage in every way possible.”
(If you are struggling in this area of your marriage, ask the Lord to bring you peace, joy, wisdom, and blessing. Pray for God to bless your marriage more than you could ask or imagine!)
Prayers for my husband:
Lord, please bless my husband. Draw his heart to you. Let him know that you love him, see him and are proud of him. Help him to walk with You closer. Give him a desire and the moments to spend time with you and read your word.
Revive his soul, awaken it. Revive his passion. Help my husband to find peace and happiness in his life.
Please give my husband success in his work. Let my husband be “respected at the city gate.” Let your “favor surround him as with a shield.”
Please give my husband a new vision for his home life with the children and me. Help my husband to lead us well, both physically and spiritually. Show him how to teach the children about God and help me to get out of the way and let him lead- his particular way.
Prayers for myself:
Lord, Please help me to play with the kids more and to enjoy my kids more! Help me to laugh a lot and be fun to be around. Please help me to make the time to love my children in a way that they feel loved. Help me to listen to them more and to remember that they are only in our home for a short time.
Lord, Please help me to learn to talk to Randy, Christie and Jack (and now Alex:) in a way that they feel loved and draws them closer to me.
Help me to be more positive and encouraging. Please help me to have a sweet spirit and not a critical spirit.
Lord, Please help me to be the wise woman that builds her house and not the foolish woman who tears down her house with her own hands. (Proverbs 14:1)
Help me today to be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry. (James 1:19)
Prayers for my children:
Lord, Please help my children to be godly, responsible, respectful, fully obedient, totally dedicated to you, and hunger for the truth.
“Lord, please let my children me steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord.” 1 Cor 15:58
Lord, Please let my children walk in the Truth.
Make yourself real to them and let them know how much you love them.
Show them their life’s calling and how important it is.
Lord, Please bless my children. Enlarge their influence. Help them to influence their world for Christ.
The following prayer is from the book (compilation of prayers), “Prayers for a Mother’s Day” by Ruth Bell Graham:
“Lord, see in them what I cannot see.
Lord, bring to light what I do not know.
Lord, teach them of what I am not aware.
Lord, whisper to them what I have forgotten.
Lord, warn them of what I have omitted.
Lord, be for them what I cannot be.
Lord, love them for you are all they need.”
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If there was one thing Deb would love to share with you is that God is personal and loves you as you are. You don’t have to be perfect to be loved by our amazing God! Come as you are! His loving presence can be practically known and experienced. He is not a God who is far away, He is dearly near and easily found. He longs for you to come to Him!