No Greater Power Than Praying Couples - Dr. John Barnett
Video from DTBM
"Paul distilled the life of a believer down to one word in 1st Thessalonians 1.10 – WAIT. We are waiting for Jesus, waiting for the Kingdom, waiting upon Him who loved us and loosed us from our sins. But what do we do while we wait? That is answered in 1st Thessalonians 5.17 “pray without ceasing”. Parenting is lifelong. Praying keeps us on the front lines of our children’s lives – all through our lives. Successful parenting of a godly family only has two requirements: get started in prayer and never quit that praying. Before we are parents we are praying, while we are up to our ears in those child-filled years we are praying, and after they launch out into their own lives we are praying. My philosophy of great parenting is that you raise a godly family – one prayer at a time. Prayer is the key to raising, nurturing, and launching children that please the Lord. This morning is a practical, how-to lesson in learning how to pray for our children. WE MUST PRAY FOR REALITY IN THEIR SPIRITUAL LIFE: 1. SEEING THEM GENUINELY SAVED. 2. SEEING THEM LOVING GOD'S WORD. 3. SEEING THEM LIVING IN VICTORY. 4. SEEING THEM THINKING OF HEAVEN. 5. SEEING THEM FINDING SIN REPULSIVE. 6. SEEING THEM STAYING TENDER TOWARD GOD. WE MUST PRAY FOR INTEGRITY IN THEIR PERSONAL LIFE: 1. SEEING THEM MAINTAINING A CLEAR CONSCIENCE. 2. SEEING THEM LEARNING TO STAND ALONE. 3. SEEING THEM SEEKING TO STAY PURE. 4. SEEING THEM CULTIVATING A SERVANT’S HEART. 5. SEEING THEM NEVER BECOMING BITTER IN TRIALS. WE MUST PRAY FOR STABILITY IN THEIR RELATIONAL LIFE 1. SEEING THEM CULTIVATING A LOVE FOR THEIR BROTHERS AND SISTERS. 2. SEEING THEM LEARNING TO TRUST GOD WITH HARD SITUATIONS AND NOT TO REBEL. 3. SEEING THEM EACH LOVING THE WAY GOD MADE THEM AS MEN AND WOMEN. 4. SEEING THEM WAITING TO MEET GOD’S CHOSEN LIFE PARTNER FOR THEM. So, how do we pray for our children if we are parents? And how do we direct our lives if we are young people? And how do we live together if we are married today? Or what do we look for if we are single and waiting today? Here we go, into God's Word to find all the answers from the Author and establisher of Marriage Himself. Let's turn back to the 1st book of the Bible Genesis. As parents pray that your children: DWM-26 - No Greater Power Than Praying Marriages (021013AM)" from video introduction.