What kind of legacy do you want to leave for your children? I know I want to leave a legacy like my parents will leave me…and my children and my children’s children.
My Dad recently celebrated his 87th birthday with us. We bought him an airline ticket from North Carolina to Indiana. My Dad is in amazing physical condition and his strong heart is sold out for Jesus. I think he has memorized most of the bible and is passionate about telling everyone he meets about the love of Jesus and God’s grace. When I picked Dad up from the airport, the first thing he said was, “Hey there!” and the second thing was, “Would you believe the person I sat by on the plane was already a Christian?” I said, “Dad, you sound disappointed that he knows Jesus.” We laughed together because we both know that my father’s greatest joy is sharing the love of Christ to others.
Not everyone my Dad speaks to or sits by on a crowded airplane wants to hear what he has to share. He is a gentleman and will not press people to listen to him but whenever that happens, my Dad will begin to pray for the person near him or sitting next to him on an airplane. Quietly praying to himself…talking to God…praying many of those bible verses he has memorized…fuel for praying for the next generation. My father uses scripture as a springboard for prayer.
When my children were born, my father held them in his arms and prayed that they would know Jesus at a very young age and blessed them with words from the pages of God’s book. When my grandchildren were born, my father held them in his arms and blessed them with everlasting words of truth, hope and grace. Words from God’s book…memorized years and years ago.
I found this small booklet on my bookcase. I had purchased it several years ago to use as a guide to pray for my children. I remembered ordering numerous copies to give to families in our church. Time has passed and I had forgotten about it…until I put my Dad on a plane back to North Carolina. Unknowingly, my father challenged me to pray the word of God, especially for the next generation.
This is a helpful booklet for praying specific scripture verses for a specific need. It was written with the hope that we will not only faithfully pray for our children but also for the generations to come. It is a wonderful tool to help focus your prayers for your children. For example: “Pray that they would desire inner beauty and godly character, and that they would grow more Christlike daily…Psalm 119:9, Ephesians 5:1-11” (excerpt from Praying for the Next Generation, page 34.)
My Dad probably doesn’t need this booklet, but I do. And you may find it helpful, too.
Check it out here: Children Desiring God Praying for the Next Generation by Sally Michael
Your dad sounds like a special person…a true blessing. I have a good friend (a pastor) who has memorized large sections of the Bible and often quotes from memory in his sermons. Naturally, when I get to visit them (in another state) I pull out my Bible and follow along when he does. It makes an impact!
My dad is my hero. He is such an extrovert and no one is a stranger. Many go to him for advice and counsel. Thanks for your note!