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Six Resources For Prayer

This week as we take our “Monday Morning Minute” together, we are focusing our hearts on Prayer and formulating a strategy for it. In this article, I wanted to share some of the resources I use or created to help my heart and mind stay focused as I come before the throne of God in prayer each day.

Six Resources For Prayer

Focus Your Heart On Prayer

If you want to grow closer to the Lord, you must set aside time for prayer, for how can you draw close to Someone with Whom you never speak? In the workshop I did on prayer at Teach Them Diligently this year, we discussed that in order to have a more passionate and powerful prayer time, we must understand that we are approaching the throne of a King. Yes, we are able to approach that throne at any time, which is an amazing thing in and of itself, but we need to do so with great humility and awe.

Sometimes, I wonder if  we have not so exalted Christ as our Friend and Father (both of which are true of Him) that we have downplayed Christ as Almighty Creator and King. The God with Whom we can talk freely has the power to change lives, rebuild marriages, heal wounds and sicknesses, and intervene in any situation we have before us. Come Boldly!

To have this passionate and powerful prayer time, though, we must have a strategy. There are so many distractions and road blocks to prayer that too many times we will neglect it if we don’t.

6 Prayer Resources– and Lots of Links and Ideas!

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PRAYER FOR YOUR CHILDREN

screenshot-2016-10-10-09-19-29This is a printable I created with verses that help guide you as you pray for your children each day. Honestly, these are things you would want to pray for yourself, your husband, and your friends as well. I would love for you to download it and make it part of your regular prayer routine. I keep copies of this list above my treadmill, in my Bible and devotions bag, by my bed, etc. to make it easy to find verses to pray when I’m prompted to.  This landing page will also give you access to a prayer guide for your marriage.

ACTS PRAYER GUIDE

This is a great way to pray, for it helps to keep you focused on one thing at a time. You will find that by slowing down and focusing on Adoration of Christ for Who He is first, you will worship Him far better. You will get a clearer glimpse of His power and majesty as well as His love and care for you and those you care about.

At the end of the time of Adoration, I always find that I can hardly hold back the Confession. When I see Christ as He is, I cannot help but see how far short of that I truly fall.

Next, Thanksgiving pours naturally out of a heart that is cleansed and in good fellowship with God.

Finally, there is a time of Supplication, where you bring your requests before the throne of the One you have already noted is powerful and loving enough to answer. This is my absolute favorite way to pray.

This resource is one I put together to give you verses and explanation for all of these elements of prayer. Try it out– your prayers will be more focused when you do!

PRAYER CALENDAR

For this season, I created a prayer guide for our families to pray for one another. This is a great resource, not only to pray for TTD families, but also for any families you know. It is set up on a monthly format, and there is a family prayer prompt on each day. If we would all lift up Christian families in this way each day, I firmly believe that God will do a mighty work among us. God tells us in 2 Chronicles 7:14 that if we humble ourselves and pray, He will heal our land. Let’s give it a try, shall we? To get the full story and strategy behind this resources, click here.

This is a blank version of the prayer calendar I created for our families. It is for you to personalize. I have one with names of ladies in our church. I am able to be reminded to pray for them on that day each month, and I generally send a text or Facebook message to let them know I am praying for them and ask about any needs they may have. This is a quick way to stay connected to the people God has placed in your life. I would love for you to use this among the ladies in your church or homeschool group! Pass around several copies, allowing the ladies to put their name and contact info in a different block on each page. You will be amazed at how much closer you feel to people that you pray for regularly!!

PRAYER JOURNAL

I like to write out my prayers, for it helps me stay focused and pour my heart out to God without as many distractions. I do not weigh my words, for my prayer journals are very personal– I just write to God. It is through these journals or diaries that I have also found that God directs my attention to verses that may be well-hidden in the recesses of my brain, but are perfectly helpful for the very moment I am in.

In addition to writing my prayers in journals or calendars, I have made prayer lists in notebooks that have tabs for each unique section. There are as many ways to handle a prayer list as there are individuals.

In my personal prayer diary, I have sections for my husband and each child. I also have sections for my parents, sister and her family, and my in-laws. From there, I have sections for family, friends, Teach Them Diligently families, marriages in distress, health issues I am asked to pray about, etc.

Often simply seeing the tab will remind me of the prayer requests on that page, and the act of writing them down cements them in my mind. I am amazed how often the Lord prompts me to pray for those who have asked me to. If you would like to be added to my prayer list, please never hesitate to ask me to pray. God has given me a great burden for all your families, and it would be my pleasure to join with you in praying for the needs you have.

PRAYER NOTES APP

This is a nice little app if you like to keep track of things electronically. You can even set up a prayer schedule that your device will remind you of– IE: Monday, pray for family. Tuesday, pray for church friends and leaders. Etc. In this app, you can set up different headings and note answers and changes just like you can on paper. I tend to use this app for many of the TTD family requests, so I can keep them all in one place. The downside to this app is that it does not sync between devices (at least last time I tried to.) So, I keep most of the lists on my Ipad for use when I am sitting for specific prayer times. Requests that are urgent or timely, I will put on my phone with an alert, so I get a reminder to pray for them.

INSPIRATIONAL READING ABOUT PRAYER

This is such a small list of resources, but I pray that it is enough to inspire you to start a passionate and powerful prayer life of your own. God is wanting to have that fellowship with you! He desires that you cast your care upon Him, for He cares for you more than you can even imagine. With the right strategy and a committed heart and mind, today can be the start of your passionate and powerful prayer life!

What are some of your favorite prayer resources or ideas? Tell me in the comments below– I am always looking for new ideas! :)

 

For the Sake of His Name,

Leslie

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Teaching my children the Scriptures

As I studied and prayed about this first point in the prayer guide for our children, which comes from 2 Timothy 3:14-16, I realized that much of the key to the answer of this prayer lies with David and me, the blessed parents of the four children God has entrusted to us. I don’t know why I never considered before that all of my prayers for my children should start with a prayer for myself, their teacher.

Our children can continue in the things they have learned because they can trust those who taught them…

We must not only teach our children the scriptures, but it is imperative that we live it out before them. 2 Timothy 3 tells us that the character of the teacher plays a critical role in their continuing in what they have learned. We must be trustworthy, authentic teachers of God’s Word. So much damage has been done by those who use God’s Word as their own tools to coerce or control. God forbid! God’s Word is able to make our children wise unto salvation through faith, but we are able to drive them away from that truth by our actions. Therefore the very first things all of us as parents must do is to make sure that we are living holy lives before Christ Jesus and others, that we know the scriptures and are bathing ourselves in them day by day, and that we are allowing ourselves to be molded and shaped into the image of God even when that means humbling ourselves before our children and others to admit that we are wrong.

I am grieved every day by the carnage I see. There are so many who have veered off course because people they trusted used God’s Word, not as a tool of discipleship, but as a means of control. God never intended that to be so! We are to be controlled by the Spirit of God Himself. Our lives and the lives of our children will display what is in our hearts, and if we as parents are not filling our hearts with truth and growing in the grace and knowledge of Jesus Christ, how will we ever teach our children those things? Oh, moms and dads, please show your children that you authentically love Jesus Christ and present His love and His truths to them every day, so that they too may grow to know and love Him wholly.

What Teaching The Scriptures Should Look Like

I  always knew I was blessed to grow up the way I did. I never realized, however, just how blessed. You see, although my parents are not perfect, they sure did a lot of things very well.  Now that I am an adult raising my own children and seeing the results of other approaches to parenting, I see very clearly how God used my mom and dad to positively shape the lives of my sister and me. They instilled in us a sincere love for God and His Word, not merely a list of dos and don’ts. There were several times when we would have open discussions about what God’s Word says about a given issue, whether it was a standard held by someone or a culturally contentious point of faith. They taught us to search GOD’S WORD, not go to man for the answers we sought. They taught us to love the Lord our God with all our hearts, to base our convictions on His Word alone, and to desire to serve Him regardless of the cost. As parents, we should do everything we can to instill that same love in our children.

God’s Word is able to make our children wise unto salvation through faith in Christ Jesus…

Praise the Lord that the entire weight of the salvation of our children does not rest on our shoulders, though. God’s Word is alive and powerful enough to make our children wise unto salvation through faith in Jesus Christ. We need to help our children see God’s Word as it truly is– the wholly inspired, completely reliable, cover-to-cover Word of God! 2 Timothy 3:16 tells us that every word of the scriptures is God-Breathed, therefore we can trust His Word and His promises without reservation.

What are you and your family doing to instill a knowledge of and a love for God’s Word in your children? We would all benefit from hearing your ideas in the comments section at the bottom of the page!

Father, we pray that our children will learn the scriptures that are able to make them wise unto salvation while they are young. May we as parents never give them cause to turn away from Your love by the way we present You and Your Word. May we never misuse Your precious and Holy Word for our own devices, but may we be authentic, trustworthy teachers of the greatest good news ever given to mankind. Amen.

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Prayers for my children

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FREE Prayer Guide For Our Children From Teach Them Diligently

Before our children were even conceived, David and I had lofty goals for them.

We have always prayed that God would use each one of them to turn the world upside down for Jesus. We have prayed that they would be able to stand strong, be secure in what they believe, yet be humble enough to serve. We have prayed that all their actions would spring from a heart that loves Jesus Christ supremely and that His love would be evident in every aspect of their lives.

 

 

Then, several years ago, God burdened my heart that I was not praying His Word over them like I should, so I started looking for resources and verses that I could use during my prayer time to help organize my thoughts and to make sure I was praying God’s will for them. I have notebooks full of notes, verses, and prayers that I have prayed for them — and for my husband, myself and many others for that matter.

Then not long ago, I decided to compile many of those verses into an easy-to-fold booklet, so I could put it inside the cover of my Bible and any other book I am reading. The result has been a great help to me! I even keep a copy on my treadmill and pray parts of it for my children each time I walk or run there.

Since I compiled this list, I have added several new points and verses as I have continued my study. I hope this resource is a blessing to you as well, and I hope you will continue to add your own verses to mine and that you will be amazed at the way God answers these specific prayers in the lives of your own children!

I am eager to work through these verses together on the blog in the coming weeks as we look deeply into what praying for our children should look like. There is a battle raging, and our children are high value targets to the evil one. Just imagine, though, what an entire generation of children who truly love God with all their hearts, souls and minds can do in this world! I pray this prayer guide will be as much of a help to you and your family as it has been to me and mine.

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What verse or verses do you find yourself praying for your children most often? Please share your favorites in the comments below.

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About David and Leslie Nunnery

Leslie Nunnery and her husband David founded Teach Them Diligently, the nation’s premier source for gospel-centered homeschool events. With seven years of homeschooling experience from preschool-high school and a passion to encourage and equip homeschool families, this mom of 4 shares her know-how and insights weekly through Teach Them Diligently media and on TeachThemDiligently365.com.

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