PRAYING FOR YOUR FAMILY~
B.] Praying Family Members to Christ~
C.] When Loved Ones Hurt~
But God, being rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in our transgressions, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved). Ephesians 2:4-5
With children there is a saying; "When children are little they step on your toes, but when they get older, they step on your heart." While some children ask Jesus into their hearts at a very young age; and stay with their committment to Jesus, many others get caught up in the world, and the destructive forces in the world.
Even preachers find that their children sometimes rebel; and go the wrong way. New Christians often agonize over the fact that they did not raise their children as Christians. And parents often aer left in a painful confusion, and bewilderment when their children reject them as adults, and make what would seem a rather permanent break with the nest. Often rejecting their parents and Jesus; altogether. Other parents have a good relationship with their children; but their children want nothing to do with the Lord.
How can this be you ask, when tiny children ask Jesus into their hearts and stay with their committment even with unbelieving parents, and other children who have loving Christian parents have chosen to deny and reject Jesus?
The truth is that each and every individual must make their own choice to truly ask Jesus into their lives, and they must make that committment to stay with Jesus no mattter what. They must come to that crossroads whether it takes thirty years, or seventy five years. And here is where your faith is tested! Do you have enough faith to pray for the salvation of your children; whether it takes weeks, months, or years?
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TRAIN UP A CHILD: PROVERBS 22:6;
Some people do a very good job of raising their children; and this is a God given commandment, yet their children become drug addicts, alcoholics, leave Christ out of their lives, and run with the wrong crowd. Yet there is story after story how these children come back to their parents; and to Christ, after years of being prayed for.
My Grandfather was an old fashioned preacher who was strict but full of the gospel love for his children.Grandfather and Grandmother loved each other, and loved their children. They prayed for their children, gave them love and discipline, and set a wonderful example for them. Yet one of my uncles became an alcoholic. Years later he got into a twelve step program for alcoholics; and stayed sober for the rest of his life. His life was an inspiration for many people, and I am sure that he had a deep faith in Jesus, for that is how Grandpa raised him. I only wish Grandpa had lived to see this happen. So as a parent; do not think of your children being hopeless, but rather pray for them, and know in your heart, that your efforts have paid off. Have faith that the Lord will do a work!
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So what do you do if you did not raise your children as Christians? The same advice that I give to those who raised their children as Christians; applies to those who did not raise their children as Christians. Have faith that the Lord will do a work!
Do not beat yourself up over the past. Remember that the Lord does a work in each of us; and there is nothing you can do to change the past. You can only deal with the present, and work towards the future; which you have no control over either. Jesus tells us that we only have to live our lives one day at a time, and I for one, trust Jesus in this. What you can do is work on your own life, through reading the Bible, praying and crossing those bridges, one step at a time, and one bridge at a time, through the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, and pray! Prayer is perhaps the most important thing in your life; that you can do, for you need to realize that Jesus is the only one that can help you in this, and that you must rely completely on Him! The other things that you can do is to pray for your teens; and/or adult children, and to keep living for Jesus, and keep your committment to Jesus no matter what!
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Read Luke 15:11-32
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PRAYING FOR YOUR FAMILY~
Praying Family Members to Christ~Parents; Brothers and sisters; other relatives~
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Sometimes when a person becomes a Christian; they have a whole family who aren't Christians. Sometimes they have some who are; and some who aren't, and sometimes they are dealing with non acceptance, or hostility.In fact there are so many different senerios when a person becomes a Christian that I do not have the time; nor the space to cover each specific situation; however, I can give you an overview!
11.) "Blessed are you when they revile and persecute you, and say all kinds of evil against you falsely for my sake.
All over the world there are people who are hostile to Christianity. When a family member becomes a Christian in certain religious non-Christian homes; their very lives are in danger, and at the very least, they face rejection. They often have to flee their homes, and live elsewhere (sometimes in hiding). This happens in Pakistan, Iraq, Africa, and all over the earth. Suprisingly, this sometimes happens right here in the United States(a country where freedom of religion is written right in the constitution). This can happen because the family is of a different religion, because they are atheists, because they practise witchcraft; or other similar beliefs, or because they are dysfunctional; and when a family member improves and changes, they feel threatened emotionally. If you are an adult; and live in this kind of family, I would suggesty moving, especially if you feel you are not safe. These kind of families can really drag you down and will try to force you, or co-herse you into giving up your faith!
If you are a minor, you might have to go to social services and ask for help! Otherwise you will be considered a run away; but in some non-Christian countries, fleeing is the only answer. Basically, if there is a way you can survive until adulthood in a non abusive family; it's better that you stay with your family until adulthood. 'There are dangers out there that are far worse than a non-believing family'.
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If you are a married woman; and your husband is not a Christian, than you are not bound to stay with him. The same holds true for a Christian man and a non-believing wife. If he/she is abusive to you; than you should leave and seek safe shelter immediately, with your children.
If he is non-abusive than the choice is yours. In 1st Corinthians 7:12-16 this is explained for you. You may stay and pray for your husband; for your marriage is santified through your Christianity, but if you part, you are not in sin. I think the question is; if he can accept you as a Christian, if he will let you attend church, and pray at home, and if he can understand that Christianity is important to you. The same applies to Christian husbands; who have a non-Christian wife. It is up to you! As long as you are not in danger; you can stay, pray; and ask God to lead you in this.
As for non-believing brothers and sisters; they can react to you in a variety of ways. They may accept you for who you are; or they may be critical, hostile, or cut you off. Family member are sometimes curious; and this affords you a wonderful opportunity to be a witness. Some of their reaction may depend on the relationship you had before you became a Christian. But no matter what the case you can pray for your siblings on a regular basis.
It is important that you are an example to your non-believing relatives; however, that being said, realize that you may never be able to please your relatives. Non-Christians often expect perfection from Christians; and will lay a heavy gilt trip on you if they think they can get away with it, but it is more important for you to please Christ, and to know that you are transformed; and transforming. Especially if you are a new Christian, you must focus on learning to live the way Jesus wants you to, to read the Bible, and to pray on a daily basis. Christ has a life time plan for your transformation on this earth, and for spectacular changes in heaven.
Now you know that even when you are not accepted by your relatives; you can pray for them!
So what do you do; if you are surrounded by non-Christians? (You surround yourself with Christians). In your case it is extremely important that you find yourself a good; spirit filled fellowship; whether it be the, "Assembly of God, Church of God, or one of the many other fellowships; and churches that exist. Not only do you need to make to church every Sunday morning, but you need to get as involved as possible with other church activities; including Bible Studies, Prayer Meetings, and other fellowship activities. It some cases you need to hang on to Jesus with all of your life! It is also important that you find a private, quiet place to pray, where your non-Christian relatives can not bother you, and will not critizise you for your prayers, and Bible Study.
It is only then; that you can really pray; and reach out to the Lord in prayer for your relatives! You also can ask members of your fellowship to pray for the salvation of your relatives. And you can ask for prayer for you relatives; on on line prayer groups! Do not despair; for the Lord will hear your prayers and He will do a work!
If you are blessed with Christians in your family; you can also ask them to pray for certain family members, and begin that beautiful tapastry that we have been discussing in earlier posts! With Crisscross prayers, you can filled those gaps in the tapastry, and weave beautiful designs, and patterns for you family! If you have been praying for many years; do not give up! Isaiah 40:29-31.
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31.) But those who wait on the Lord
Shall renew their strength;
They shall mount up with
wings like eagles;
They shall run and not be weary,
They shall walk and not faint.
Read Hebrews 6:15; 6:18; and Psalm 46:1-3
PRAYING FOR YOUR FAMILY~When Loved Ones Hurt~
When your faith is tried!
I believe that we all have been through this at one time or another. A loved one is hurting and it takes all our faith to pray; and to believe that our prayers will be answered. We feel powerless, and sometimes hopeless, and afraid!
Faith in Jesus will take away your fear!
These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the word you have tribulation, but take courage; I have overcome the world. John 16:33
I love this verse! When you turn to Jesus you have peace, and can have courage, because Jesus has overcome the world, tribulation, and fear. What a wonderful thing to know when faced with trouble.
Scripture can also help you when face with a loved one that is hurting. When you study the Bible keep a pile of index cards by your side and a pen, or permanent marker. Every time you come to scripture that is encouraging, helpful, or insightful you can write it down on an index card and store it in a recipie box, or even a shoebox. Look at these index cards often and memorize them if you can. Than when a situation comes up, you can look through these scriptures and find it will be a huge comfort, and very inspirational.
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Just as I encouraged those who have relatives that are non-believers to pray in a safe refuge, and to surround themselves with Christians, I also encourage you to reach out to other Christians, family members that are believers, and to your fellowship for encouragement and prayer!
As you pray in agreement for your hurting one, you will feel encouraged in the midst of caring; and praying brothers and sisters in Christ. When you reach out to family members that are believers, the prayers shared will be binding, and deeply sincere, since they also care for the hurting one, and your fellowship will pray sincerely, because you are part of their family, the Body of Christ, and because they are truly one with Jesus, and have a great desire to pray for those who are hurting. When you reach out to others, you are encouraged, and you do not carry the burden by yourself, rather the burden is handed over to Jesus by many. When you pray for other family members; your family becomes stronger and closer. Family bonds are strengthened.
In this you greatly rejoice, even though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been distressed by various trials, that the proof of your faith, being more precious than gold which is perishable, even though tested by fire, may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ (1 Peter 1:6-7)
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Whether you are in a village with two other Christians to pray for you; or in a city with one hundred people to pray for you, the important thing is that you persevere in prayer! Sometimes it seems that that time that we have to pray; stretches on and on.
It really is a matter of faith, and learning to be persistent in prayer! Sometime you must pray unceasingly, pray continually, and pray persistently!
Even though you wait and nothing seems to be answered in your prayer; you can be sure that God is doing a work! And you can be sure that it is an answered prayer that is much better than what you could of imagined.
The eleventh hour prayer!
"Eleventh hour prayers" are prayers that are answered at the last minute. I have had this happen to me also, and I believe that many others have also had the experience of eleventh hour prayers. Perhaps this is to increase our faith; perhaps this is how God's plan best works out for us. I don't have all the answers in this; but I do know that "Prayer works!"