WHY WE PRAY, HOW WE ARE TO PRAY
A few weeks ago, I ran across a young person's journal that was asking questions about prayer. That very evening I sat down and pulled some scriptures about prayers from the Bible. I attach that research, along with an article taken from Focus on the Family magazine with Dr James Dobson. I believe this is worth reading by all parents who wish to instill Christian values in their offspring. I pray that this article and the attached scriptures will be of value to the reader.
HEARTS OF PRAYER - Impart a passion to pray in the younger generation.
My husband and I felt helpless watching our little girls struggle. Our oldest daughter suffered from chronic asthma and endured a season of panic attacks that demanded frequent visits to the emergency room. Our middle girl fought tremendous fear then wrestled with dyslexia that made schoolwork overwhelming. Our youngest daughter developed an illness known as cyclical vomiting, and to this day she has nighttime sickness that often requires intravenous fluids to stabilize her.
Fortunately, by inviting God to be a part of these personal issues and turning to Him in our times of need, our daughters have developed a passion for prayer. Their faith has grown to trust God for the bigger issues around them as well - issues in their community and world.
Next gen pray-ers
Raising my children in a postmodern society proves daunting at times. Today, absolutes are not recognized, authority is questioned and the majority of youth consider themselves spiritual "seekers". Yet our children will one day be the next generation of faith in America.
Their excise of prayer may appear different than that of their parents, but their commitment to faith and God's authority is just as genuine. Coffee-shop worship, purity rallies and See You at the Pole gatherings may not look like the structured prayer meetings we remember, but these activities are our children's powerful new expression of kneeling before God.
The important thing is that our children see prayer as a privilege as well as a responsibility. It is not about praying because we have to, it is about praying because we get to. It is not about praying to see what we can get; it is about praying to see how God touches others. It's not just about teaching my girls that prayer changes things; it's about God changing our hearts so we can influence the world. We must be diligent about demonstrating prayer during our children's formative years.
MAKING IT REAL
Personal prayer may be as simple as giving thanks before each meal, or as disciplined as meeting God each morning. Family prayer may include everything from structured evening devotions to praying together whenever we see an accident. Public prayer may start with small-group meetings where children are welcome and grow tochruch gatherings or national prayer walks.
A few other ways we encourage our children to pray:
The 10/40 Window Prayer Calendar - helped us focus on needs in the least evangelized countries in the world.
- The National Day of Prayer events remind us of our responsibility to pray for our nation and its leaders. (|Prayers for the President, Members of the President's Cabinet, Members of the U.S. House of Representatives, of the U.S. Senate.)
- See You at the Pole activities challenge my girls to pray for their schools and teachers and provide an opportunity for them to make a public statement of faith.
Clergy Appreciation Month encourages us to pray for our spiritual leaders and youth workers.
- Elections should be a call to prayer for all of us. We pray for our government and leaders ( 1 Timothy 2:1-2), asking God to grant them wisdom, protection, strength and truth.
- Operation Christmas Child was a great project when our girls were young. We sent children 's gifts in shoeboxes for international distribution and prayed for the young recipients.
Whether you get involved in organized activities or you create your own prayer adventures as a family, teach kids what a great privilege we have to be called pray-ers. What could be more rewarding than to watch our children mature in their relationship with God through prayer in whatever style or forum they choose? As youth learn the power of prayer, it will make a difference in their personal lives, their families and their nation.. By Pam Woody - Focus on the Family March 2006
SCRIPTURES REGARDING PRAYER FROM THE BIBLE:
James 5-13 Is anyone among you suffering? He should keep on praying about it. And those who have reason to be thankful should continually be singing praises to the Lord. 14 Is anyone sick? He should call for the edlers of the church and they should pray over him and pur a little oil upon him, calking on the Lord to heal him. 15And their prayer, if offered in faith, will heal him, for the Lord will make him well; and if his sickness was caused by some sin, the Lord will forgive him. 16 Admit your faults to one another and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The earnest prayer of a righteous man has great power and wonderful results.
From the Words of Jesus
Matthew 7,8 Don't recite the same prayer over and over as the heathern do, who think prayers are answered only by repeating them again and again. Remember, your Father knows exactly what you need even before you ask Him. Our Father in heaven, Hallowed be Your r name. Your Kingdom come, Your will be done On earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread and forgive us our debts as we forgive our debtors. And do not lead us into temptations, but deliver us from the evil one. For Yours is the Kingdom and the power and the glory for ever Amen.
Pray for all Men
1timothy2- there fore I exhort first of all that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks be made for all men. 2"for kings and all who are in authority, tha twe may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and reverence. 3 For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior, 4 who gave Himself a ransom for all to be testified in due time...
Solomon's Prayer of Dedication
Then Solomon stood before the altar of the Lord in the presence of all the assembly of Israel and spread out his hands toward heaven
The sacrifice of the wicked is an abomination to the Lord, but the prayer of the upright is acceptable to him.
Ephesians 6:18 praying at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication. To that end keep alert with all perseverance, making supplication for all the saints,