Two decades of mothering. Eight children spanning 17 years. Day after day of making mistake after mistake. My own shortcomings manifesting themselves in my most prized possessions.
It’s almost too much.
He gave us the children He wanted us to help grow but He also gave us the children He could use to help grow us.
He’s the ultimate multi-tasker.
God sent His own beloved Son to set the captive free. He came to unshackle us from the bondage that even motherhood (and fatherhood) holds us bound to. The rescue is a reality but we’re generally too busy to see it. And we’re far too distracted to claim it. He’s offering beauty for ashes (Isaiah 61:3), restoration of the years the locusts have eaten (Joel 2:25), help in every trouble (Psalm 46:1), and peace in the midst of every storm (Philippians 4:6-7). It’s all right there for the taking.
The problem is we’re too discouraged, distracted, and depressed to even realize we can do nothing without it. We’re so far down the line of sin that got us into this mess to begin with, that we no longer recognize our own heritage.
We’re sojourners on enemy soil expecting a warm welcome. We want red carpet treatment in a place bent on our destruction.
What we need to do is hightail it to the Embassy.
We need to become personally acquainted with the Ambassador from the Promised Land. He’s the only One who can get us, and our children, out of here with our (eternal) lives.
But what does that look like? How do we do it? How do we find a true and honest connection, when a surface one has lulled us almost entirely to sleep? That’s exactly the purpose behind this course.
Let’s be clear about something right out of the gate …
You cannot purchase, or enroll, in a relationship with Jesus. You enter it daily by kneeling in His presence and then learning from the guidance of His Spirit.
He may choose to use a book, or a friend, or even a class to draw you a little nearer to Him, but the answers to your most personal struggles don’t live in any of those sources.
The answers come from Him.
He is a personal God and we aren’t a one-size-fits-all creation. His character is unchanging, His love is unmatched, and His watchcare is unwavering. But as the crowning work of His creation, He made men and women to be unique. He gave us a fingerprint that matches no other who ever has, or ever will, walk this earth. And that print reveals we are one-of-a-kind.
If you’re searching for Jesus, you can be sure His Spirit IS at work. If your children are running from Jesus and you want nothing more than to go after them on His behalf, you can be certain He’s pursuing them in more depth, and with more fervor, than you can even imagine.
You have a role to play as He completes His work in them.
You were made for “such a time as this.” (Esther 4:14)
HERE’S WHAT WE’RE GOING TO DO …
We’re going to stop listening to all the noise. We’re going to shut out the voices calling us to despair. We’re going to shed our old habits and ask Him to help us learn new ones.
We’re going to accept and assume the full responsibilty for our waywardness and slack in the past and pray for true hearts of repentance from this point forth. We’re going to shuck the shame and exchange it for joy.
Because every repentant sinner finds freedom from the power of the evil one when they simply lean into God.
A Course Overview:
- Identifying the Need
- Our Need
- Their Need
2. Preparing for Battle
- And how to choose the correct battle
3. Asking for the Holy Spirit
- Who is the Holy Spirit and what is His role?
- Praying to be Spirit-filled and Spirit-led
4. Assuming an Attitude of Prayer
- What does this even mean?
- How do we apply this practically to our day
5. Studying the Text
- Study Strategies
- What to be looking and listening for
6. Claiming the Scripture
- Applying Scripture Personally
7. Putting it all together
- How to realistically and practically apply each of these lessons to daily life
If you’re looking for a “professional” Christian to mentor you to a “professional” prayer life, you’re in the wrong place. I’m a fallen seeker, just like you. This course is simply my own personal testimony of how God has led me to a deeper prayer experience, with an emphasis on parenting.
And, the truth is, if my walk continues to deepen as I’m praying it will, I’ll likely need to revise this content in the near future to reflect that growth. Never be tempted to think you’ve arrived.
The Word of God alone is sufficient.
Truly, there are book authors, vendors, and salesmen on every corner suggesting we need this book and that one. And I’d never suggest He doesn’t use many of those pieces to woo His people. But the truth is, if you have no money for a single other resource, the Word alone is more than enough. He speaks to anyone who is willing to listen.
For the purposes of this course, I’m providing a free downloadable (printable) copy of my book 31 Days of Praying Scripture Over Your Children. I’m not a lover of digital files so I was so thankful when my friends over at Honey in the Wild helped me get it available in hardcopy form. That’s available for purchase here, if desired.
A concordance and/or Lexicon is very helpful when digging into the texts. Hardcopies are nice, but if the budget is an issue, there are free apps and websites available.
And a journal. This doesn’t have to be anything fancy. You just need a place to write your notes, record answers to the assignments, and even perhaps begin journaling your prayers.
Let’s get started!
If you have any questions, comments, suggestions, or prayer needs along the way, please feel free to email me at [email protected]
I’m excited to be on this journey with you!
Your humble tour guide,