I’ve been in church since I was born. Being a minister’s daughter, I’ve been surrounded in a Christian atmosphere all my life and became one myself at a very young age. I’ve been thinking a lot lately about prayer, which plays a huge roll in my Christian walk.
On my personal blog, on my Facebook, on my Instagram and Twitter pages, from my friends, from my family and even from co-workers whenever any one was going through difficulties, medical problems, death or facing anything at all, how often have I said the words to them “I’ll be praying for you”.
Maybe now this is causing you to think how often you have said that to others. It’s so easy to post on social media asking for prayers and so easy to hit the “like” or “favorite” button or quickly comment “Praying for you”. But how often do we earnestly see it through? This really hit home for me quite some time ago. I was typing out a post for Facebook asking for prayers and how so many posted that they would. I started thinking how much that meant to me but how that street goes both ways and if I’m saying the words but not really following it through then I’m not doing my part. “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.”
I decided that I did not want those words uttered to be empty, a temporary bandage over a wound, or words to make my conscience feel better because it was the right, the Christian thing to say. So I started praying. Praying earnestly for those needs. Before I hit the “like” button, I would pray. I would write things down in my prayer journal and through this new and deeper prayer life, I became so much closer to God. There has been such a sweetness of drawing closer to Him through prayer that has been so profound in the renewing of my faith!
I am also asking now for everyone to join me in praying for a beautiful boy named Jack. On April 15 his mom is going to the court of Appeals to plead with them to overturn the lower court’s custody ruling that has given custody to father that has been abusing him. Here is a link to my blog post about him. http://blendermom3.wordpress.com/2014/04/14/a-candle-for-jack/
Please read it and help me pray. Matthew 6:7-8 “And when you pray, do not keep on babbling like pagans, for they think they will be heard because of their many words. Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him.” Colossians 4:2 “Continue steadfastly in prayer, being watchful in it with thanksgiving.”
Prayer changes things. It can heal, renew, revive, calm fears and bring peace. It can help mend and renew a broken step family. But make sure that you don’t just say “I’ll pray for you”. Let God change you’re life by meaning it.
“I pray because I can’t help myself. I pray because I’m helpless. I pray because the need flows out of me all the time- waking and sleeping. It doesn’t change God- it changes me.” CS Lewis
Please pray for Jack.
Donna Mott is known as the “Blendermom” thrown in the mix of a blended family on her blog www.blendermom.me. She has a fourteen year old daughter and a nine-year old son, as well as a ten-year old bonus son. Together with her wonderful supportive husband, she is trying to teach her children the truest Christian values of loving God and loving each other through compassion and service. She is a 2009 graduate of “She Speaks” through Proverbs 31 ministries and has written for www.upliftingfamilies.com. She enjoys writing personalized poetry. She also writes and composes personalized songs for special occasions. She loves snuggling with her seven pound fur-baby, Maltipoo, Brady. You can follow her on Pinterest, Twitter, and Instagram @blendermom3.