“Now to Him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we can ask or imagine according to His power that is at work within us…” Ephesians 3:20
A few nights ago, my oldest was struggling through some hard times. There were a lot of tears, talking back, defensiveness, and general frustration on her side and ours. When she went to bed for the night, my husband and I looked at each other and he said, “We have no idea what we’re doing.” And we didn’t. It was true. Maybe as you read this, you can relate.
That night I started to pray. With an anxious heart, I started to pray for my oldest girl, the one who made me a mama. I was worried and scared. My prayers were said out of fear and I could feel it. What if she didn’t heed our words and wisdom? What if she chose a difficult path for herself instead of the right one? What if we were parenting her wrong? I could feel the heaviness pulling at my heart.
It’s not every day I have these moments, but every now and then God speaks so clearly to me that I can almost audibly hear it. That night, He stopped my prayer in its tracks and said, “Krystle, stop praying in fear! You need to pray for your kids in faith!”
Friend, praying in faith is so reassuring. We are acknowledging that we believe in a God who is able, who is loving, who is kind and just. That belief stirs our hearts to pray different prayers, to parent in a way that isn’t impulsive or fearful. God is able to calm whatever storm we are currently battling with each of our children. From toddler to teen, He gently says, “Believe in me. Stay in faith. Do all you do out of faith—not fear—because I am able to do far more than you can ask or imagine.” It brings Him joy when we believe Him.
Blessings and love,
Krystle Porter and the Help Club for Moms Team
“Is prayer your steering wheel or your spare tire?” Corrie Ten Boom