3 Ways to Pray for Your Children’s Spiritual Leaders

If you are like me, you probably pray for your children frequently.

But, when was the last time that you prayed specifically and earnestly for the spiritual leaders in your children’s lives?

Are you praying for your pastor, Sunday School teachers, VBS leaders? These people are speaking truth into your child's life, and they need your prayers!|Path Through the Narrow Gate.com

Pastors, missionaries, Sunday School teachers, Vacation Bible School leaders, Awana leaders, school teachers – These people are ready to come alongside us and speak truth into our children’s lives.

And, they definitely need our prayers!

Does Prayer Seem Like an Overwhelming Chore?

Practical Steps to Take When Prayer Seems Overwhelming

Here’s a secret about prayer:

Sweeping the floor is easier than praying.

No, seriously! It really is.

And sweeping the floor is a really good thing to do. In fact, it is necessary.

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The problem is that sweeping the floor doesn’t have eternal results. At least, not in my house.

Prayer, on the other hand? Prayer has ETERNAL results.

Is Life Not Going the Way You Thought It Would?

Lessons from Peter About Crushed Expectations

Are you struggling with unmet expectations?

Is life not going the way you thought it would? How can Christians deal with crushed expectations? Lessons from Peter...

For Example…

You expected your spouse to notice your needs and meet them… but he didn’t, and you are filled with resentment.

You expected to have a successful career… but years of hard work have slipped away unnoticed and you feel like you are at a dead-end.

You expected to be able to lose some weight… but you still haven’t lost it and you feel like a failure.

You expected to have a happy family… but infertility, chronic illness, or divorce have sucked the life out of your dreams, and you wonder if your faith in God has been misplaced.

What can we do with the disappointment, frustration, anger, and resentment of unmet expectations?

Where can we go when life just isn’t going the way we thought it would?

To The Mom Who Is Exhausted, Depressed, and Completely Overwhelmed…

5 Lessons from the Prophet Elijah

Before I had kids, I knew exactly what kind of a mother I wanted to be.

You know, the kind of mother who kept a perfectly clean house, who served delicious and nutritous meals, who had fun with her kids and never raised her voice.

I wanted to be a super-mom. I wanted to be the best mom that the world has ever seen.

If you are exhausted, depressed, overwhelmed, and even resentful, you are not alone. Elijah felt this way too, and God's response might surprise you!|Lessons from Elijah

But nine years and three kids into this parenting journey, and I find myself hiding in the bathroom with the door locked, longing for just a couple of moments of peace. I feel overwhelmed, exhausted, depressed at my unmet expectations, and maybe even a little resentful of my circumstances.

The Extremely Important Question that NO ONE Talks About

I recently came across a fascinating and sobering question asked by Jesus Himself, a question that is of eternal importance.

This question has the power to change the way that we look at our lives. It has the power to search our souls. It offers both hope and conviction.|The Extremely Important Question That NO ONE Talks About

This question has the power to change the way that we look at our lives. It has the power to search our souls. It offers both hope and conviction to Christians.  Yet, I don’t ever hear people talking about it.

Do You REALLY KNOW How to Pray for Your Children?

Do you know how to pray for your children?

I mean, do you REALLY KNOW how to pray for your children? Are you able to confidently pray for your children because you know that you are praying God’s will for them? Are you able to spend time on your knees in earnest intercession for your children?

Do you really know how to pray for your children? |Path Through the Narrow Gate.com

So often I mutter a brief prayer in the morning for my children’s health and safety and then move onto the “important” things in my day (like making breakfast and emptying the dishwasher).

Meanwhile, Satan is prowling as a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour (1 Peter 5:8). And he has his eyes on your children and mine.

The Reason I Fail to Share My Faith

Have you ever experienced a “witnessing failure”? I did, just two months ago.

I felt convicted that I should probably witness to my neighbor. So, when I saw her outside, I went over and talked to her. But, somehow the conversation never came around to spiritual things. I felt too awkward to just randomly jump into the “Where are you going when you die?” question. After discussing the weather and her upcoming mini-marathon race, I finally walked away with a feeble “Well, God bless you,” muttered under my breath.

I reasoned that hopefully she now knows that I am a Christian and will come to me if she has any questions. Duty accomplished. I guess.

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Why did I fail to share my faith? I believe that the first reason was a lack of prayer.