A Legacy of Faith and Prayer (from 31 Days of Encouragement – Miriam)

“I KNOW THAT YOU SINCERELY TRUST THE LORD, FOR YOU HAVE THE FAITH OF YOUR MOTHER, EUNICE, AND YOUR GRANDMOTHER, LOIS.” II Timothy 1:5

In the above scripture, the Apostle Paul is talking about Timothy’s great heritage of faith. You see, Timothy’s grandmother passed down her faith to Timothy’s mother and then his mother passed it down to him. I believe I have been blessed with a very similar heritage. My Granny Hall was a strong Christian, and by her life and her words, she passed down her faith and the importance of praying to my mother. Then my mother, by her life and her words, has passed it down to me.

I don’t ever remember a time when my Granny didn’t somehow bring the Lord and His Word into her daily conversations with family or friends. In fact, when she was in the hospital toward the end of her life, she would ask the doctors and nurses who came into her room if they knew the Lord personally. In addition to sharing her faith, she was a mighty prayer warrior. I used to sing a song in my early years of music ministry called “Prayer Warrior” and I always thought of her when I sang it. She spent hours on her knees praying for my mother and her three siblings and their spouses as well as all 11 of us grandchildren. It was her desire that we all come to know the Lord personally and pass that knowledge and love for Him along to our children.

Granny’s favorite verse was Psalm 84:11:
For the Lord God is a sun and shield; the Lord bestows favor and honor;
no good thing does he withhold from those whose walk is blameless.

Granny wasn’t perfect, but she did seek to live out this verse to the best of her ability. By doing so, my mother came to know the Lord at a young age and chose to walk in His ways. As a mother and grandmother now, my mother spends many hours, too, praying for her children, their spouses, and her grandchildren. She is praying daily for my children and both my brothers’ children – that they would know Christ personally and choose to walk in His ways.

I have learned so much from my Granny and my mother, but most importantly, I have learned about passing along my faith and praying for my family and friends on a daily basis. I keep a prayer journal, and in my journal I have a section for my husband and each of my children, as well as other family members and friends. I write down the things I’m praying for each of them and how God answers those prayers. It has been great to look back and see the times I thought were so hard and how God chose to bring us through those times.

In Stormie Omartian’s The Power of a Praying Parent she says, “The battle for our children’s lives is waged on our knees. When we don’t pray, it’s like sitting on the sidelines watching our children in a war zone getting shot at from every angle. When we do pray, we’re in the battle along side them, appropriating God’s power on their behalf.” I don’t know about you, but I want to be active in helping my children and loved ones in the battle that is going on for their very lives. I want to share my faith through my words and actions. I don’t want there to be a doubt about the legacy I leave behind. How about you?

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