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CHILDREN!

You have taught children and infants
to tell of your strength,
silencing your enemies and all who oppose you.
Psalm 8:2 NLT
 
At age four, Melissa Ann was fascinated with insects.
Her interest began as we collected cicada shells
from tree trunks while listening to their eerie
symphony of praise performed from the leafy branches
above us.
 
Following our devotional one morning
she prayed for our family, our pastor,
her “Sandal School” friends, and closed with,
“and God, could you please send me an orange moth?”

That afternoon, when Kristina playfully pinned Melissa Ann to the floor, she broke free and scrambled to escape into the yard. As she opened the door, a beautiful orange moth flew into the house, resting on the lamp in front of me. Her faith soared as she squealed with delight over God’s specific answer to her specific prayer. Kristina, having recently turned sixteen, exclaimed,

 “Hey, Melissa, why don’t you pray for your sister to get a car!”
 
Amazed, amused, and ashamed, I noted the substance of all mountain moving prayer – faith.



Following a study of Genesis 18, which describes Abraham’s intercession for Sodom and Gomorrah prior to their destruction, Melissa Ann led us in prayer as I drove to the Children’s Theater. Clinging to my prayer binder filled with photographs and Scriptures, she placed one small hand on a map and raised the other while crying out,

“Lord, if there are only 50 righteous people in this nation,
will You spare it? 
Lord, if there are only 45 righteous people in this nation,
will You please spare it?”
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I was both proud and amazed at what God – not I – had taught her through His Word. 
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* Children attract God’s immediate attention – their bold confidence and innocence are powerful. Have a headache or something troubling you? Share what is age appropriate, asking them to pray with you and for you. Trusting them with your heart will motivate them to trust you with theirs — very important during the teen years.
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* At every age, especially in this present darkness, our children need to attend as many prayer assembles as possible. What a blessing it will be as they grow up recognizing their authority in this activity as natural, powerful, and world-influencing. 
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* While running errands, pray together for neighbors, schools, churches, businesses… Teach them the prayer inspirations on this website. For some, it may seem awkward at first, but as all begin to recognize and treasure God’s involvement in our lives, prayer becomes as natural as breathing.
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Heavenly holy Papa God,
continually guide my heart to inspire these children You’ve given me to recognize that You are with them at all times and in all places and that there is no limit to Your love and power working in them and through them.
Please grant them a passion for prayer.
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~ He will. ~

Train up a child
in the way he should go:
and when he is old,

he will not depart from it.
Proverbs 22:6 KJV

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How do we train them to stand firm against this cultural tsunami that’s sweeping so many away? Jesus leads us to the Source of our power and success.
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When taking His stand against satan during His temptation in the wilderness, His only weapon was two quotes from Deuteronomy 6 and one from Deuteronomy 8. Deuteronomy 4, 6, and 11 provide God’s mandate for raising our children, His children. And just as we want our children to listen to our words and respond obediently, so should we listen to our Father and respond obediently. So let’s read His powerful Words and apply them to our lives.
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Jesus said,


“It is written:
‘Man shall not live by bread alone,
but by every word of God.’’”
Luke 4:4 NKJV (Deuteronomy 8:3)​


The Priority of Prayer

A quick look at the world reveals that Christ has been swept aside along with the trimmings that once celebrated His first coming, replaced by resolutions to pay off Christmas debt, lose Christmas weight, read self-improvement books while Bibles are being stripped from the shelves. We have just 18 New Years to train our children to cling to Christ as the focus of their lives every day of every year...
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