Be Specific in Prayers for Your Child — And Be Proactive

God's Answer Through Alpha

Last post, I related how I had prayed for my daughter for 10 years – wondering many times why God did not answer.

But I persevered in praying for what I felt was really needed for her to turn her heart back to God – that God would shower down His love upon her in such an unmistakable way that she would be overwhelmed with His love.

That is exactly what happened on Nov. 4, 2012 at a Holy Spirit retreat weekend of the Alpha program. She has been totally transformed ever since. So lesson #1 is BE SPECIFIC in your prayers.

Lesson #2 is BE PROACTIVE YOURSELF. In September 2012, I knew our church was going to begin an Alpha program for 10 weeks – and I knew it was a powerful, life transforming program for many people around the world.

But our daughter did NOT like our church at all, so it seemed “impossible” that she would ever go to that program at our church. Yet I felt moved to just gently suggest she think about the Alpha course.

And to my amazement, she was instantly interested. After the “showering of God’s love” experience, she went on to be an assistant leader in the next Alpha course and then was a co-leader in the following course.

So Lesson #3 is if you have an older child – over 15 – ENCOURAGE YOUR CHILD TO ATTEND AN ALPHA COURSE. Or perhaps you yourself may want to attend. It is powerful and life transforming.


Praying for Your Child

Never Give Up

Dad, have you been praying for one of your children? Maybe for quite awhile and you haven’t seen the answer yet?

Does this get you discouraged at times? Maybe a bit perplexed – and even angry – as to whether God is really listening?

I want to offer you encouragement. I prayed daily for over 10 years after my daughter graduated from college that she would stop feeling alienated and distant from God – that she would stop believing the lie that God had somehow rejected her.

She carried this right over into self-loathing for herself. She simply could not love herself. Both of these lack of loves – for God and for herself – made her quite depressed at times.

I was driven to near despair myself at times when my prayers did not get answered. Why would God let her suffer so?

BUT, God ABUNDANTLY answered my prayers – in the exact way I had been praying for – which in turn led to a total transformation in my daughter’s life. More of the details next post.