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by Bob and Debby Gass

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‘I prayed for this child…’ 1 Samuel 1:27 NIV

Every saint was once a child; so was every criminal. What makes the difference? At the top of the listis the influence of a parent! The prophet Samuel led the nation of Israel for forty years, anointed David to be king and guided him in some of his most crucial decisions. But who was the dominant influence in Samuel’s life? His mother Hannah. Listen to her prayer at his birth: ‘I prayed for this child, and the Lord has granted me what I asked of him. So now I give him to the Lord. For his whole life he will be given over to the Lord…’ (1 Samuel 1:27-28 NIV) Never underestimate the power that’s released when a parent prays on behalf of a child. Only God knows how many prayers are being answered right now because of a faithful parent who prayed many years ago. If what you are doing in this fast-paced society is taking you away from prayer time for your children and your grandchildren, you’re doing too much! There’s nothing more important than the time you spend with God on their behalf. It’s not too late for the child who has brought you tears and grief. Jesus’ mother had to watch her son be crucified, but she also had the joy of seeing Him raised again from the dead. Indeed, you may go to your grave wondering if your prayers are effective and when they will be answered, but never, never stop praying, because: (a) God works according to His schedule, not ours (b) His ways and means are far superior to ours (c) When a parent praysGod moves!

SoulFood: Neh 11-13, John 19:1-16, Ps 105:8-15, Pr 30:5-9

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