I pray these prayers with quite a bit of confidence, because I know they are prayers in line with God’s will for my daughters’ lives. I know God wants to do these things. It’s not like I’m asking that they’d marry some certain guy, go to some specific college or choose a particular career. I am praying for things that I know line up with the will of God. So when I pray, I pray expecting God to move and believing He will.
Well, this weekend I was making a run to a local frozen yogurt shop with one of my girls. We got to talking and she started telling me about what was going on in her life. She’d just re-listened to one of our pastor’s sermon series that he has online. She talked to me about what that spoke to her and how she was convicted. It was a spiritually alive discussion. I walked away from that so encouraged about what God was doing in her. And it hit me. I absolutely cannot stop praying for my kids. When I pray in line with God’s will, He moves. It’s like a spiritual lifeline for them. And even though I think I pray with so much faith, my lack of prayer in the previous months showed that I’d been faithless. I had quit living in the awareness that my prayers mattered. Yesterday I was freshly reminded that, in fact, they do.
James 5:16b (NKJV)
...The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much.