“Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen” (Ephesians 3:20-21).
Through the prayers of his wife, a former coworker of mine accepted Christ. For many months his wife was concerned about his spiritual welfare. She continually witnessed to him, but he did not respond. Finally, she quit talking to him about God and started talking to God about him. He then surrendered his life to Jesus. He has been a faithful witness and minister of the gospel ever since.
God is able to do far beyond anything that we can imagine. As much as we may love friends and family members, God loves them more. As much as we desire to help them, God can help them more. He can bring circumstances into their lives that will lead them to the cross. For the sake of our friends and family we must pray.
–Adapted from The Prayer Factor by Sammy Tippitt
Loving Father, Your love is impossible to comprehend! So often I want to fix the lives of those I love and care about, when You want so much more for them than I could ever do in my own strength. Teach me to seek Your best for others rather than attempting to convince them with my words. May I continually be compelled to bring those I care for to Your throne.
Praise the God who loves even the little children (Lk. 18:16). Give thanks for God’s promise in Prov. 22:6 to help parents train their children in the right way. Confess any lack of love or any impatience you have experienced toward your children or others. Commit yourself to a renewed appreciation for the place children have in God’s sight. Ask for wisdom to train your children in his ways.
Ask God to “turn the hearts of the fathers to their children, and the hearts of the children to their fathers” (Mal. 4:6) throughout his kingdom.
–Prayer Points taken from Patterns for Prayer by Alvin VanderGriend
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