It sounds so simple, praying for your family, but there always is a catch. What you pray must line up with the Word of God.
Some people at this point will duck the issue; they’ll go to priest, minister or trusted friend for prayer. But the authority in this situation belongs to Mom or Dad, or adopted parents – whoever is in charge. Praying according to the Word means actually knowing and believing what the Word says. So go to the Bible for the answers.
A great scripture is this: Proverbs 11:21 – The seed of the righteous shall be delivered. That sounds so quaint –the seed. Simply put, that is the offspring. Your children are your seed. No matter how far they stray – they can me living in Nepal; they are still your seed. Deliverance covers much ground – not merely salvation but also protection and provision.
Life is dangerous and they need a covering to protect them from evil influences. 45 million kids are inside the sex trafficking system world wide. Prays of protection keep them safe.
Are you righteous? Hopefully so, because now you have a platform on which to launch your prayers. A rather confusing prayer starts this way, “Lord I know I am a rotten sinner, but please deliver my kids.” Yes, God hears that, but how much better to ask God to save you from being rotten first and then praying for your kids?
God hears parents
Nevertheless, a parent’s cry God always hears. Years ago the father of a mutual friend was torn up because his 30 year old daughter had cancer. His prayers for her healing were heart-wrenching, and God heard. Keep in mind that God was a parent too. Today, 30 years later, I have no memory that the father ever lived a Christian life. But God still heard and the girl was cured.
Eliminate fear and Unbelief
You’ll not get anywhere praying with worry, fear or unbelief. All situations should be viewed as an opportunity for God to guide, correct, teach, etc.
Are you not seeking God because you think He will fail?
And you are not to pray saying, “I can’t pray because what if I fail?” You are not the healer, the deliverer, or the savior, so delete that thought from your mind. You are praying to God not to yourself. God can’t fail. So you cannot fail.
Job 1:10 – This is a very effective prayer for when we are separated. You “pray a hedge” around the person you are concerned for. This hedge is made of thorns and when you put it around someone it helps keep bad influences away from someone. If the person is involved in the occult, with drugs, prostitution etc., that hedge should form a barricade against the contacts and the customers.
When I have been frustrated in a situation, especially when I’m unclear about the facts, I simply send angels. “Please God rush angels to the situation and have them act as you see fit.”
And how does this work? By faith of course. If you think your faith is weak go back to the Bible and get a new dose of juice. Faith comes by hearing and that by the Word Of God. In fact, you can read it out loud to yourself and see if your faith does not increase.
Finally, one or two bullet prayers is nice, but pray often and then again. God likes to know you are still on the case, and so is He.
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