A Blog Advent

I have been thinking, pondering, praying, meditating--

Such a special time of year! How can this blog bring glory to God, make the season more meaningful and celebrate family?

My idea is this:

With the gracious permission of Jennifer Kennedy Dean, the author of numerous books including one of my favorites, Legacy of Prayer, I would like to feature Jennifer's 30 days of prayer for our families and descendants.

Each day for 30 days I will share a scripture that she suggests in her book and a short prayer from her to go along with it. I will also share a prayer of mine.

Here is where your presence and comments come into play. On the days that you are able to read and comment, I would like for you to also meditate on the scripture and share a prayer in your comment. At the end of 30 days, I plan to print these off and bind them, having my own special prayer book to pray repeatedly for my descendants. I hope you will do the same.

If you are not comfortable voicing a prayer in the comment section, that is fine.  I want no one to feel any pressure but I will only be sharing prayers for the next 30 days.

One paragraph cannot define a person or a book but I would like to share one portion of Jennifer's book that I think is so important, especially in light of the prayers we pray for our descendants.





"In praying for our children, our grandchildren and our descendants, we must learn to pray in the Spirit and not in the flesh. Our mother-flesh and our father-flesh is protective and possessive. The love we have for our children, in its flesh form, would like to control their lives and keep them from any pain, disappointment, or discouragement. Our flesh wants to rescue them and shield them and run interference for them. Our flesh will pray, "Don't let anything bad happen." To which the Lord will say, "I need to allow disappointment, pain, and failure so that I can give him the treasures of darkness and the riches stored in secret places." If we pray for our children from our flesh rather than the Spirit, we may think that God is not listening when our children do have difficulties."  ~~Jennifer Kennedy Dean


Day 1

"If you had responded to my rebuke, I would have poured out my heart to you and made my thoughts known to you."  Proverbs 1:23

Jennifer's prayer: "Lord, may my descendants respond to your love, even when it comes in the form of rebuke.  Pour out your heart and cause them to know your thoughts."

My prayer:  "Lord, I want to know you more--I want to know your thoughts and your heart--Oh God, I pray that you will turn my descendants thoughts to you, I trust you.  I know you will deal as gently with them as they will let you."  Thank you that I can pray in confidence resting assuredly in Romans 8:28 and the ramparts of your faithfulness."

If you do not have children, please take this opportunity to pray for your parents' or grandparents' descendants, friends of yours, or the lost and dying of the world.

I hope by Christmas day, the birth of this precious Son and Savior will have become even more meaningful to all of us.

Loving all of you,
Dianne



To access Jennifer's website featuring her book, Legacy of Prayer, and prayercards, go here.

An edited repost from past pages.

Comments

Debbie said…
Lord, I pray for lost loved ones. May your Spirit draw them to Yourself and open their hearts. I pray for wisdom, love and patience as I live out my life of faith in front of them. May they see Jesus in me and the difference you make in my life.

Dianne, I've read many of Jennifer Kennedy Dean's books and love them.

Blessings and love,
Debbie
Sandy said…
I also join in lifting up those in mine and my husband's families who do not know Jesus as their personal Savior. May we live out our lives in faith in You Lord and the truth of Your Word so they see and desire what we have in relationship with You. Draw each of them into Your holy presence and woo them into Your everlasting arms of love. May not one be missing on that day of Your return!
In the name of Jesus I pray. Amen.
Mary B said…
Dear Lord, I pray that my descendants will seek you with all of their hearts. Strive to know you intimately and passionately. In Jesus name, Amen.

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