pour out your heart like water
in the presence of the Lord.
Lift up your hands to him
for the lives of your children
A Flood of Prayer
I don’t know if I had ever heard of a tsunmai before December 26, 2004. I recall being horrified by the news reports of thousands being swept out to sea. Last March, an equally horrific earthquake hit Japan just four short days after my husband returned from a two week trip to Tokyo. In the aftermath, a killer tsunami swept away entire families along with their homes, business and complete towns and villages. Our missionary friends, John and Elaine Mehn, continue to work in remote areas where cleanup is far from over.
As we watched in horror from the comfort of our living rooms, we heard story after remarkable story of survival. One mother clung to a mattress with her tiny baby. Another man wrapped himself around a tree for hours, hoping that someone would come to his rescue. A mother held on to a stairway banister with one hand as she clung to her child with the other hand.
Following the 2004 tsunmai, I remember hearing a CNN reporter say that each survival story had one thing in common: each person had found something to hold on to. He followed that statement with these closing words: “Maybe we all need to find something to hold on to.”
This Valentine’s Day, the greatest gift we can give to our grandchildren is our prayers. Each day we can pray that our children will find Someone to hold on to. That Someone is Jesus. When they find Jesus they will find a source of peace and comfort no matter what storms life hurls their way.
Will you join me in prayer this Valentine’s Day?
Can we lift a flood, a tsunami of prayer to our Heavenly Father on their behalf?
Can we cast all of our cares for our children and grandchildren at his feet and ask for his intervention in their lives?
Let Us Pray….
* that our children and grandchildren will know and embrace the love of Christ
* that our children and grandchildren will become devoted followers of Jesus and share his love with the world
* that our children and grandchildren will be obedient to God’s Word
* that our children and grandchildren will make spiritual matters their top prioirty
* that in times of turmoil and need, they will cling to Jesus and find the safety and security that they need
We thank you for your great love for us. We are so grateful that because of your love we are your precious children. We pray for the precious children and grandchildren you have brought into our lives. We ask that they would be aware of your love for them – that your love would be real to them and that they would be captivated by this great love. Lord, we ask that you would flood this generation with a sense of your presence. May they adore you, worship you alone and serve you all the days of their lives. May they experience revival and be the generation that changes the world.