I recently listened to a sermon preached from 1 Samuel 1 titled "2 Insensitive Men and a Praying Woman." 1 Samuel 1 is the story of Hannah, who prays for a son and eventually has Samuel who she commits to the Lord's service. She is 1 of 2 wives of Elkanah (insensitive man #1). She has no children and the other wife has many. She often prays for a child, yet is without... year after year.
(To listen for yourself, download the "Walk in the Word" podcast and find the Weekend Feature message from May 12.)
Here is what's leftover in my heart and mind that I am thinking on this week...
A woman who is burdened before the Lord in prayer is a very powerful tool.
As a parent [grandparent, family member of any kind], get a vision for the salvation of each member in my household and regularly come before God in prayer, proclaiming His word and desire for their salvation.
God desires that all should know him and none should perish - don't let anyone tell me otherwise, no matter what I see with my physical eyes. Often prayer is seeing in faith.
Prayer - getting spiritually fit to receive what God was already going to do.
I desire my family (present and future) to greatly impact the kingdom of God here on earth... the responsibility of parenting my children and teaching them to love Jesus is huge. It reminds me of this poem:
[side note - I only remembered this line: "Only what's done for Christ will last." When I googled it, I found out there's a whole poem. What did people do before google?]