Author Archives: Pastor Mark

God- big, man- not.

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“The universe, they say, is so vast, it makes man utterly insignificant. Why would God have bothered to create such a microscopic speck called the earth and humanity and then get involved with us? Beneath this question is a fundamental failure to see what the universe is about. It is about the greatness of God, not the significance of man. God made man small and the universe big to say something about himself. And he says it for us to learn and enjoy—namely, that he is infinitely great and powerful and wise and beautiful. The more the Hubble Telescope sends back to us about the unfathomable depths of space, the more we should stand in awe of God. The disproportion between us and the universe is a parable about the disproportion between us and God. And it is an understatement.”   John Piper, Don’t Waste Your Life34.

Prayer for our Kids Day 31 – Heart for Missions

“Lord, please help my children to develop a heart for missions, a desire to see your glory declared among the nations, your marvelous deeds among all people” (Psalms 96:3).

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I love this. I love it because I can’t think of a better way to end these 31 days of prayer, praying for our children to go out into the world and share the Good News with all! Isn’t that the whole point of our entire existence? We’ve spent the last 30 days praying for a solid foundation for our kids; now let’s go be world changers! “Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven” (Matthew 6:10). Let’s take this portion of the Lord’s Prayer and apply it in our lives. Let’s continue to pray these attributes over our children and not just stop because these 31 days are over. Even if you missed days and forgot to pray every day, it’s okay, keep this list as a reminder and make it your goal to pray for your kids every day. They need it! I’m going to end with the paragraph at the end of original site this list is taken from. May the Lord bless you and keep you!

“After several weeks of praying through the above list for my children, I discovered an additional benefit to my prayer program; as I prayed with my children each night, the Lord brought to mind the subject I’d prayed for that morning, and I would repeat my request in Aubrey and Aaron’s hearing. Before long, they began to echo my praying, and pour out their hearts in prayer for the very virtues and qualities I desired to see in them. Thus, my simple prayer program not only changed how I prayed, but also how my children pray… and, by God’s grace how they live as well.”

http://www.d6curriculum.com/teacher/previous-quarter/fusion-31-ways-to-pray

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Prayer for our Kids Day 30 – Gratitude

“Help my children to live lives that overflow with thankfulness, giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ” (Colossians 2:7; Ephesians 5:20).

gratitude line emptyThe thing that continues to stand out to me as I read over those verses is the importance of giving thanks in ALL circumstances and most importantly being thankful to Father. Always being thankful is a pretty hard thing to do. At times I’ve caught myself thinking I was doing a pretty good job at it, but then when I sit back to really look at my life I usually see that I, I fact, am most grateful when things in life are good. Even if I am generally thankful in harder times, that thanksgiving is usually followed by requests. Is that true gratitude if I’m not content in the situation, but asking for Father to help change the circumstances? I don’t think it is. My prayer today is that we will be prayerful about a true heart change, that will allow Father to work in us and that we will truly be thankful in whatever situation we face.

Father does ask anything of us that he hasn’t gone before us and done first. I feel like we should have the same expectations for our kids. We can’t expect them to be thankful if we are not being an example of it first. While we’re praying for our kids let’s be more prayerfully conscience of our actions as we live out a Godly example for them.

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Prayer for our Kids Day 29 – Prayerfulness

“Grant, Lord, that my children’s lives may be marked by prayerfulness, that they may learn to ‘pray in the Spirit’” (Ephesians 6:18).

The whole verse of Ephesians 6:18 says, “And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people.”

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When I think of praying in the Spirit Romans 8:26 comes to mind, “Also, the Spirit helps us with our weakness. We do not know how to pray as we should. But the Spirit himself speaks to God for us, even begs God for us with deep feelings that words cannot explain.” I am overwhelmed with thankfulness upon reading this, how sad our lives would be without the Holy Spirit in us!

Also, I recently started reading “The Prayer of Jabez” and have been praying about it and spending a lot of time thinking about his prayer. I highly recommend reading Jabez’s story, it’s short , a whole two verses, 1 Chronicals 4:9-10. The power in those verses is amazing though; we see a great example of the power of prayer.

Josh and I have been studying prayer recently and have been amazed at what we see in the Bible with how powerful prayer is and how much we feel changed through prayer. Helping our children see the need for prayer in their own lives is so important. Let’s pray over them and pray out loud throughout our days that our children will learn how to pray just be being around us and that they will grow up being around something so natural and powerful.

Guest Post- Rachel Theobald

Prayer for our Kids Day 28 – Self-Discipline

self discipline“Father, I pray that my children may develop self-discipline, that they may live a disciplined life, doing what is right and just and fair’” (Proverbs 1:3; 1 Corinthians 9:27).

Self-discipline is a funny thing. It can be really easy or really hard. If it’s something personal that we are working towards and something that we really want, practicing self-discipline is usually fairly easy. On the contrary, being self-disciplined in an area that isn’t as important to us can be so difficult. For example, I’m training for a half marathon. I have to run on a regular basis and over the past 3 months I’ve done a fairly good job of getting out and reaching my goals. However, I don’t generally like to cook; I know it means a lot to my family for me to make dinner every day, but I could eat quesadillas or spaghetti every night. Because making dinner isn’t something that I care as much about, I’ve been pretty inconsistent with actually cooking over the past 3 months.

My prayer is that my kids would be self-disciplined in all areas of their life and that even if they’re practicing discipline for the benefit of others they will be consistent. Also, that while they are being self-disciplined they will have a servants heart and work as if for Father and with an attitude of thanksgiving and joy.

I can’t think of much that is more convicting than realizing how I want my kids to grow up and then reflecting on whether I am setting that example for them. Is my life a reflection of the behavior I am expecting out of them?

I’m going to end today with 1 Corinthians 9:26-27 in The Message, I don’t know about you, but I’m running hard for the finish line. I’m giving it everything I’ve got. No sloppy living for me! I’m staying alert and in top condition. I’m not going to get caught napping, telling everyone else all about it and then missing out myself.”

Guest Post- Rachel Theobald