Let The Praying Begin

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By Bea Wallen

I love springtime. It brings forth new birth in creation all around us.

A time of resurrection for nature to come alive. This brings my thoughts to the meaning of Easter.  A time for us humans to come alive out of our slumber and sleep, and accept the reality of what Easter really means- new life.

Jesus Christ said; “I have come that they may have life, and that they may, have it more abundantly.” (John 10:10)

The New Testament gospels teach about the life and teachings of Jesus our Lord. These verses caught my attention in the 23rd Gospel of Luke 26-29. As Jesus was being led away bearing his cross, great crowds trailed along behind, including many grief stricken women.

But Jesus turned and said to them, “Daughters of Jerusalem, don’t weep for me, but weep for Jerusalem and for your children.”

The Lord knew that mothers would be bringing children into a world that is filled with sin and evil. No wonder he warned us not only to weep, but to pray for ourselves and for our children.

We live in a world of spiritual warfare. “For our struggle is not flesh and blood but with the principalities, with the powers with world rulers of this present darkness, with the evil spirits in the heavens.” (Ephesians 6:12)

According to the Bible, there have always been satanic beings roaming the earth, tempting humans to turn their backs on God and to live in selfishness and sin, believing Satan’s lies.

But it is a fact God loves us, and because He loves us, He wants us to turn away from sin and place our faith in him. He loves us so much he gave his only begotten son, to become sin for us. The little word so is most expressive, for it gives us some concept of the magnitude of God’s love.

It is not possible to be saved, and have eternal life until we believe, and have a personal faith in the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ. It is the only means of having new birth.

As mothers we have a great responsibility in the natural care of our children; but more important is to teach them moral and spiritual values. Children brought up on a steady diet of gross and immoral movies and t.v. programs usually act out what they see.

It is our job to censor the kinds of things they are exposed to. We need to begin to teach our children about Jesus at an early age in life.

I love to hear Bryson, my 3-year-old grandson, sing, “Jesus loves me, this I know, for the Bible tells me so” -how precious these words are.

A good life grows from the love of God.

Love, faith, and prayer and our own words and actions are critical elements in building strong and loving characters into our children.

As loving and caring mothers, we sometimes get anxious or worry too much. We cannot add one day to our child’s life by worrying or take one away that is not already in God’s plan.

But what we must do is love and pray for our children, with the kind of love only a mother can give, for however long they have been placed in our care.

This is our most important job. It deeply hurts when, we see our children in pain or to see them suffer in anyway. I often try to picture in my mind the terrible agony the ones who followed Jesus to the cross that day had to endure. I can imagine Mary, the mother of Jesus; pleading and praying to God, “anything but crucifixion.”

Roman crucifixion was so cruel and painful.

What a terrible price a sinless son had to pay for the sins of all mankind; that we might have eternal life.

That of course, entails a decision on our part to follow him. God doesn’t assure us of an easy journey even if we do say yes to him. There will be rocky roads, valleys, confusion and occasional suffering.

But God does pledge he will always love us, and be with us throughout it all. As humans we will all make mistakes, but God is a forgiving and merciful God when we confess before him.

It’s our choice- to be part of the glory that only comes by faith. I’m so glad that our Lord lives. And because of that , we can face each new tomorrow in that blessed hope.

Prayer is a very powerful weapon against the enemy. So let your praying be often, and I hope each one of you have a blessed and Happy Easter this April.

From my heart to your heart!

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