30 Days of Praying for Your Local High School: Day 12 No Greater Joy

30 Days of Prayer

Every day when I’m about to leave for my walk, or immediately after I return from my walk, my two oldest children (ages 2 and 4) follow me around the house:  “Mommy, I want to walk around the high school and pray for the kids!  Mommy, I want to go to the coffee shop and have a donut!  Mommy, can I come with you?”

Do you want your children to learn how to pray?  Then you need to take the time to pray.  As the quotation above reads, “Your children will become what you are; so be what you want them to be.”

Yesterday, Naomi lost her favorite “baby” that always sleeps beside her.  Normally it would not occur to me to pray for her toy, but since I’ve been practicing the discipline of prayer, I asked her to pray with me.  I prayed first, and then she repeated my words after me: “Dear Jesus, please help us to find Naomi’s baby.  In Jesus’ name, Amen.”  An hour later when the toy turned up in the laundry basket, we were overjoyed that Jesus helped us to find it.  Again Naomi repeated after me, “Dear Jesus, thank you for helping us to find Naomi’s baby.  In Jesus’ name, Amen.”

Your children are watching you every day, absorbing everything you do.  What do you want them to learn from you?

“I have no greater joy than to hear that my children are walking in the truth.” 3 John 1:4

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4 Responses to “30 Days of Praying for Your Local High School: Day 12 No Greater Joy”

  1. Dad says:

    It’s true but it’s scary to think about! I’m glad that OUR daughter is the one writing this blog so hopefully she learned a little of this stuff from us. Sometimes you see your kids do things or say things and think “Oh No! That’s not the part of me I wanted them to remember and repeat!”

    • Jessica says:

      You’re right! The idea for walking around the school daily and praying for it came from my friends Peter & Shannon who used to walk around the college where we taught together. However, I (and my siblings) probably would have never been interested in doing ministry in the first place if our Dad had not made it a priority in his life. 🙂

  2. Karilyn says:

    Aw, I almost started crying when I read this! That’s so awesome! I hope she turns out as awesome of a Jesus lover as you!

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