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Thursday, April 17, 2008

Praying Scripture is Praying God's Will

Have you ever wondered what God's will was for your life or your children's life? Wondered what to pray? Well I have found that personalizing God's Word and praying it back to Him is one way to assure myself that I am praying with a pure heart.

Personalizing scripture is simply putting in names and pronouns. For example: "Lord, I pray that You will guard my daughter_____'s heart above all else, for it determines the course of her life (Proverbs 4:23 NLT)." In my book Praying for Your Prodigal Daughter, I have a section titled "Forty Days of Praying Scripture for Your Daughter," which is simply personalized scriptures for the parents to insert their daughter's name into and pray.

Three parents in our Hope for Parents of Prodigal Daughters Support Group had a breakthrough with their daughter after only praying scripture for three weeks. One daughter even was saved!!

Another parent wrote me: "Praying for our daughter has made her become more touchable to me through prayer than any other experience I tried to make happen. Our daughter has been separated from our family for 16 years...Praying Scripture has given me new insight into God's Word and into my own heart, and becoming more real, and seeing our daughter as God sees her and intends her to be and become."

If you haven't prayed scripture before, try it this week in you quiet time with the Lord. If you have questions, just leave a comment and I'll try to answer them.

Prayer works because we are partnering with God.

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Monday, April 7, 2008

Praying for Your Prodigal Daughter is for Grandparents, Aunts, Uncles, Legal Guardians, Mentors, Friends of Prodigals

I have received many emails from parents, and recently a grandmother wrote me that she is raising three of her daughter’s children. I speak to these grandparents in the book, and I know there are many of you out there who find yourself raising your children’s children. I know you are using the book to pray for your daughter or son, but also be praying for your precious grandchildren exposed to the sins of their parents. How blessed these grandchildren are to have grandparents, who in their golden years, are providing love and shelter to the next generation. Here is a line from this precious grandmother who contacted me: “Please pray for my daughter because I want my child to be in heaven with me.”

The fear of not seeing my daughter, Kim, in heaven is what kept me on my knees diligently and persistently praying for her salvation. If you have a daughter or son who is keeping you on your knees—don’t give up. Remember he or she is not the enemy, Satan is, and the only proven way to fight Satan is with the Word of God—Scripture.

So learn to pray scripture for your child or grandchild or niece or nephew or friend... It is simply personalizing scriptures that speak to you. If any of you have prayed like this before, please share your experience. Praying God's Word back to Him is what kept me praying God's will and not my own for my daughter.