A Grandmother's Prayer - Week of July 5th
By Judy NicholsJuly 5, 2015
I love it when I find a Scripture upon which I can base a prayer concern. If God has said He will do something, then I have much more confidence to ask Him to do it in the particular situation IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m praying about. It happened again recently.
My oldest grandchild is having difficulty learning to talk. She is otherwise a normal, healthy little girl. She is not deaf, nor autistic. It was clear from an early age that she understood what others were saying. In addition to speech therapy, she has been learning sign language and delights in her new-found ability to communicate through her hands. She just has difficulty making her mouth do what her brain wants it to.
I have long prayed that God will give her words. And, encouraged by a book I read recently that encourages us to dream big, pray hard, and think long, I have also begun to pray that God will not only give her words, but that He will also give her a message, words from Him. IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve asked Him to give her words of encouragement, words that will teach others or lead them to Christ, prophetic words, words of prayer that He will answer. IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve asked Him to make her His mouthpiece to her generation, in her sphere of influence, no matter how large or small He may choose it to be.
Now I find that I can ask it all with much confidence. Listen to the words of Isaiah, which he spoke to those for whom the Redeemer would come: "As for Me, this is My covenant with them," says the Lord: "My Spirit which is upon you, and My words which I have put in your mouth shall not depart from your mouth, nor from the mouth of your offspring, nor from the mouth of your offspringÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s offspring," says the Lord, "from now and forever." (Isa. 59:21)
All of little SophieÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s parents, grandparents, and aunts and uncles are Spirit-filled believers. All, IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m sure, are people who pray and who have been used by God to encourage others verbally. The conditions are met for God to fulfill this Scriptural promise in her life! We just need to keep boldly asking for it.
Now that I think about it, I am going to be praying this Scripture for all my grandchildren, even the two-year-old who is literally a buzz saw verbally (even though much of it is unintelligible). I want to leave a godly heritage for them. I want them to be filled with GodÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Spirit, speaking words from Him, changing the world they live in.
Do you have children or grandchildren for whom you pray? Pray this Scripture for them. Ask God to make them powerful speakers for Him. Dare to dream about great ministries they might have in the future, and keep on asking for them. To quote from the book* I mentioned above, "Bold prayers honor God and God honors bold prayers." If God has promised it, we can pray it.
Ã‚Â© Judy Nichols 2015
* The Circle Maker by Mark Batterson