Monday, March 29, 2010
More suggestions for praying wives and mothers.
Day 5 Thirty Days of Prayer...
1) When you are folding clothes, pray for the person who's clothing you are folding. Or, if you are cleaning someone's room, pray for the person or people who sleep there.
2) Make a mental or written list of things you admire or are grateful for in your husband. Thank God for these things. Do the same for your parents, your children, and for other people in your life. Cultivating prayerful gratitude for the relationships in your life will not only do wonders for your attitude, it will help you to love others more deeply. At some point, you will most likely feel tension or experience conflict in one or another of your relationships. If so, it's good to remind yourself that a relationship which may be painful in the moment also has its blessings. Follow Paul's example. Even when he needed to address serious failings in various churches, he began and/or ended his letters with expressions of love and thanksgiving for the good things that God was doing in the lives of the Christians. 3) Pray for sin to be revealed in your own heart. Pray for God to grant you repentance and forgiveness. Pray for the faith to see your sin in the light of God's grace and with the heart to repent, so that you will not be overwhelmed by it. Pray to be humble, no matter how your sin is revealed to you. Pray to be able to put off sin and to put on righteousness. Seeing our sin is painful, but it's better to see it and turn to the Lord in repentance than to let it fester in the heart. Remember Proverbs 28:13 -- People who conceal their sins will not prosper, but if they confess and turn from them, they will receive mercy. Remember also I John 1:9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. Recognizing and repenting of sins is freeing and refreshing. The opportunity to repent is a blessing from the Lord.
4) Likewise, pray for sin in your children's heart to be revealed. Pray that God will bring to light anything that you need to know. Pray that your children will recognize their sin and turn from it. Pray that God will reveal any dangers in their lives that need attending to. Sometimes, your children may innocently find themselves in situations which could be harmful to them, so pray that will be brought to light as well.
5) Pray when you are cooking. Whether you love to cook or whether you don't, pray to prepare this meal with love. Ask the Lord to help you enjoy preparing the meal. Pray that your mealtime will be a time when your family connects with each other. Pray for your and your family's daily bread, including spiritual and physical nourishment. Meditate and pray about Jesus being the true bread from heaven.