Turn Up in Prayer

Jennifer Merchant Blogs, Girls, Jennifer, NextGen, Parents

“Prayer adds an element of surprise to your life that is more fun than a surprise party, or surprise gift or surprise romance. In fact, prayer turns life into a party, a gift, a romance.” (Batterson, The Circle Maker) In reading this quote, the words expressed may be the furthest thing from your mind when it comes to praying to God. In fact, most of us would think of being in a position of solemn composure, eyes tightly shut, head bowed, all the while disciplining our minds to concentrate on communication with a God we hope hears our prayers.

But the Bible teaches us that prayer is a very personal, expressive act; a spiritual privilege that many of us unfortunately neglect. Prayer is a weapon we have to fight the enemy, not only in our own lives, but also in the lives of our children. If you are taking the time to read this blog, I’m assured that you have at some point prayed for your child. However, have you warred in the heavenlies in your prayer life? Have you stood firm against the schemes and lies of the enemy, declaring the victory of the Lord in the Name of Jesus in your life and in the lives of your family?

“A mighty piece of weaponry in the battle of prayer is God’s promise.” (Charles Spurgeon) God gives us many promises in His Word. A wonderful place to start in your prayer life, is praying scripture over your child. One of my favorite passages in regards to the promises in God’s Word is Isaiah 55:10-11, “For as the rain and the snow come down from heaven and do not return there but water the earth, making it bring forth and sprout, giving seed to the sower and bread to the eater, so shall my word be that goes out from my mouth; it shall not return to me empty, but it shall accomplish that which I purpose, and shall succeed in the thing for which I sent it.”

As we speak the Word of God, He promises it will not return void. Trust in the Word of the Lord and in His promises.

Our children will many times imitate what we as parents exemplify. As we model a life of prayer before our children, you may see surprising moments of faith in the life of your child. Recently, I was with my young son in the line at our local Walgreens. Waiting in line, my son struck up a conversation with the lady standing in front of us. The middle-aged woman looked fatigued with a brace on her wrist. Wanting to politely let her rest, I encouraged my son to leave her alone. However, he immediately replied, “Mom, we need to pray for her wrist.” So I politely asked if she would mind if we prayed. My son proceeded to voice a simple prayer of healing for her wrist. Then, as if it was no big deal, he happily walked away. Once in the car he expressed, “Mom, Jesus has healed her, she is going to be fine.” In that moment of his child-like faith the Holy Spirit gently nudged me saying, “Walk in the same faith.”

With the hardships, disappointments, and shattered dreams of this world, it is nice to be reminded, “Prayer has the power to resurrect dead dreams and give them new life-eternal life.” (Batterson, The Circle Maker). Prayer unleashes the joy within our souls to walk with a heavenly perspective in a hell-filled world. So pray, not a ritualized, memorized, dogma, but pray expecting the Lord to answer, work, heal, and bring freedom.

So, why not live life as a party…a party in prayer that is…and turn up in prayer!

– Jennifer